An East Sacramento native, Earl Andrews graduated in 1980 from the University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Affairs (Economics, Political Science, and Sociology). His undergraduate thesis, “Lending Policies of Banking Institutions in Illinois Toward Solar and Renewable Energy Homes,” initiated his first career in marketing planning and research in the energy and communication utility industries.
Ms. Auble has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from St. Mary’s College and a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from Loyola Marymount. While at LMU, Bianca was a member of the PLACE Corps (Partners in Los Angeles Catholic Education) and taught Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, and all levels of Biology at Bishop Mora Salesian High School in LA.
Prior to joining the Campus Ministry and Christian Service Departments at Jesuit High School, Kelly was a member of our Counseling Department. Kelly oversees the Christian Service Department, facilitates the Junior and Senior Service Programs, and is involved in all areas of the Campus Ministry Department. She is moderator of the Service Club Collaborative and the Students for Life Club.
Graduate of the Jesuit class of 2010. Attended Gonzaga University 2010-2014 and received an Honors degree in English and a minor in Philosophy. Currently attending the Gonzaga University virtual campus to complete a Masters in Theology and Leadership.
B.A. English – Gonzaga University
M.A. Theology and Leadership – Gonzaga University (in progress)
Ms. Becker holds a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame and a M.Ed (with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction in Science) from the University of Missouri. Amy spent the last 8 years teaching Physics and Chemistry in Catholic high schools, most recently at Marist Catholic High School in Eugene, Oregon, and has been involved in student retreats, Track and Field, and the National Honor Society.
Is beginning his 32 year of teaching at Jesuit High School and his 36 year of coaching football. This year is teaching both sophomore biology and freshmen general science.
Is married with 5 children and six grandchildren. Has had three boys graduate from Jesuit.
Earned both a BS in Biology and a Teaching Credential from California State University of Sacramento.
Dave Bischoff, Jesuit Class of 1979, is Program Director and Department Chair of Visual and Performing Arts. He has taught AP Art History, Art of Diverse Cultures, Art of Film, Digital Photography, and Broadcast Journalism Workshop.
He has worked extensively as an art curator, dealer, researcher and writer.
Selected Art Exhibitions Curated/Co-curated include:
Mrs. Borasi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Literature and Writing from UC San Diego and a Master’s degree in English (with an emphasis in Creative Writing) from Loyola Marymount University, where she also taught Freshman writing courses. She has spent the last 14 years teaching at St. Francis High School, where she taught all levels of English.
Ms. Bronstein brings a wide range of experience and training to this role. She has been an English Professor at American River College since 2004 and high school teacher since 1997. Valerie has a B.A. in English from UC Davis, a M.A. in American Studies from George Washington University, Teaching Credentials in Social Science and English.
Since obtaining my teaching credential in 1987, I’ve taught various combinations of math and science. Most recently I taught in the math department at St. Francis HS. I also taught overseas, in Ghana, as a member of the Peace Corps. I love teaching math and am passionate about the importance of critical thinking and analysis in today’s world. When I’m not at Jesuit, my husband Jerome and I enjoy time with our three kids (Chloe, Nat and Marcus) who attend St. Mary, our parish school.
Carlos Brusel-Casals was born and raised in Barcelona, Spain. Mr. Brusel earned his MA in Spanish from Sacramento State University. While studying at Sacramento State University, he worked as a professor’s aid in the Department of Foreign Languages. He also worked in the same Department as an editor of the magazine “Explicación de Textos Literarios,” a monthly publication by the Department of Spanish at Sacramento State. In 1998 he was hired at Jesuit and has taught all levels of Spanish, from Spanish 1 to Spanish 4AP.
Mr. Justin Campbell received a Master of Arts degree in Theology from St. John’s University, Collegeville, and an undergraduate degree in History and Philosophy from Salisbury University in his home state of Maryland. Currently, Mr. Campbell teaches Sophomore Christian Morality, Junior Christian Testament and Social Justice Courses. In addition to teaching, Mr. Campbell facilitates a Christian Life Community, is a moderator for Jesuit’s Mock Trial team, and enjoys his involvement in Campus Ministry as a retreat leader.
Gerardo Campos has earned an MA and BA in Spanish and a minor in Physical Education. Señor Campos started teaching at Jesuit in 1976. He has taught Spanish I, IIA, IIB, IIXL, III, III Honors, IV, and IV AP. He has also coached football and baseball as well as served as the chair of the World Languages department. During the summer, Señor Campos has taken students on Christian Service Immersion trips to Oaxaca, Mexico, Mission Dolores in Los Angeles, and Nicaragua.
Mrs. Charlene Cardenas received an undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University in 1973 and a Master’s degree in Religious Education from the University of St.Thomas in Houston, Texas in 1976. Before coming to Jesuit in 2002 she taught theology in high schools in Texas and Southern California. She also served as Director of Religious Education at St.Lawrence Parish in North Highlands and received the Sacramento Diocese Catechetical Leader of the year award in 1999. Mrs. Cardenas serves as chair of the Theology Department.
A native of Sacramento, John Cargile earned his BA in Music from UC Davis in 2008 studying Music History with a focus in Ethnomusicology. He then moved on to studying for his California Teaching Credential at CSU Sacramento before accepting a position as a graduate teaching assistant and enrolling in the Masters’ program in Music Education at the University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music. At Pacific, John honed his conducting and teaching skills under the tutelage of director Eric Hammer while given leadership of the University Concert Band during the 2010-2011 year.
Tim Caslin is the Assistant Principal for Instruction and Student Life. In this role, he works with the Theology, World Languages, and Social Science Departments and supervises Student Activities, Christian Service, and Campus Ministry. Tim also teaches a class in the Theology Department (which he chaired and taught in full-time before becoming AP).
Mr. Chandley is a proud alumnus of Jesuit High School (Class of ‘93). After graduating from Cornell University, he began his teaching career at St. John the Evangelist K-8 school in 1998, and he has worked at Jesuit since 2001, teaching a wide variety of courses in both the English and Math Departments. Additionally, he is the Faculty Adviser for the Cutlass, the student-created yearbook. He has absolutely loved his Jesuit experience, both as a student and as a teacher.
Michael Cheney has been involved in Ignatian education since 1984. He has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Spanish from St. Louis University, and a Masters in Religious Studies from Mt. St. Mary’s College. He teaches sophomore Christian Morality and senior Ethics.
I am originally from Pennsylvania. I attended college at Northwestern University and played field hockey and lacrosse during my four years as an undergraduate. I, later competed for the US National Field Hockey team and was named an alternate goalkeeper to the 1988 Olympic Field Hockey team.
Ron Cunha has been involved in Jazz Education for the past 21 years. He has directed award winning jazz ensembles at the High School, Community College and University levels. Ron has served on the faculty at Rio Americano High School, Cosumnes River College, California State University, Sacramento and California State University, Northridge. He founded the CSUS Winter Jazz Festival, the CSUN Summer Jazz Workshop, and is past president of the Northern California chapter of IAJE.
I was born and raised in Montana and entered the Jesuits in 2004 after finishing my B.A. In History. I was a novice in Portland, OR and took first vows in 2006. Then I was sent to the University of Toronto to study philosophy and I also earned a M.S.ed at Canisius College is Buffalo, NY. Next, in 2009, I was sent to Bellarmine Prep. in Tacoma, WA where I taught history and coached golf. In 2012 I was approved for theology and went to Boston College where earned degrees in theology and educational administration.
I am in my third year with the Jesuit High School Community after working for several years at Moreau Catholic High School in the Bay Area. Before Moreau, I worked at several different public high schools in the East Bay. For my undergraduate studies I attended UC Santa Barbara. After working for a time, I chose to attend graduate school to become a counselor. I completed my graduate studies and received a Masters in Counseling from Saint Mary’s College, where I also worked for a time as a part-time instructor. In addition to my High School Counselor Credential, I am also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have loved becoming a part of this great community at Jesuit High School!
Mrs. Fox graduated with a BA in Spanish from the University of WA and her graduate degree came from Santa Clara University in Education. She spent time studying in Spain and in Costa Rica and have traveled around South America, as well. Mrs. Fox has been teaching high school Spanish for 15 years and has also spent several years coaching diving and water polo in the bay area.
A graduate of Loretto High School, Emily has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from George Washington University and a Master’s degree in Education and Credential in Life Science from USF. For the past 4 years, Emily has been teaching Science at St. Michael’s Episcopal Day School and working with their Robotics program.
Originally from Ohio, he relocated to Sacramento with his wife Jennifer and became a part of the Jesuit family in August of 2000. He graduated from Plano Senior High School in Plano, Texas in 1988. He then went on to the University of Notre Dame where he earned his bachelor’s degree in American Studies in 1993. As a scholarship athlete, Mr. Hall was a member of the last National Championship team at Notre Dame. After a very successful career at Notre Dame, Mr. Hall joined the Green Bay Packers as a free agent for the 1993 pre-season.
Ms. Leah C. Heine has served as the Director of Choral Music at Jesuit High School since 2005. Ms. Heine earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from San Diego State University and her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of San Francisco. Ms. Heine’s studies include a broad musical curriculum – piano performance, music theory, music history, choral conducting and music pedagogy. She has also performed in a wide variety of ensembles, both instrumental and choral. In addition to playing the piano and singing Ms.
Teresa Herrera has been teaching Spanish for over 20 years mostly at the high school level. A native of Sacramento and graduate of St. Francis High School, she completed her undergraduate degree at CSU Sacramento and then continued her education at UC Davis obtaining a Master’s degree in Hispanic literature. Teresa also studied a semester abroad in Paris, France and also enrolled in classes the Autonomous University of Guadalajara. She is passionate about traveling the world. Her travels have taken her to Mexico, Costa Rica, Western Europe, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
“Fate often saves an undoomed man if his courage is good.” Or so I have learned. I graduated from Jesuit High School in 1983, grateful to my teachers, coaches, and schoolmates for all they had taught me and for the care they had shown me but eager to move on to the next phase of my education. Still, I maintained contact with a number of my former teachers, among them my Latin teacher Fr. John Kelly, SJ, who would often suggest that I might one day teach at Jesuit, something I did not initially consider seriously.
A Sacramento native, Rod graduated from Hiram Johnson High School in 1984, and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989. While at Cal, Rod was a three time All-American in the high hurdles. Rod competed professionally in track and field from 1989-1997, going to the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1988, 1992, and 1996. Rod began teaching and coaching in 1997 working at Sheldon High School (Elk Grove) and St, Mary’s High School (Berkeley) before coming to Jesuit in 2002. Rod currently teaches U.S. History and Global Studies.
Born in Stockton, CA, Tim attended St. Mary’s High School before attending UC Davis for his undergraduate studies. He began working at Jesuit in 2004 and has served in a variety of roles including designated prefect, social studies teacher, social studies department chair, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities.
Sarah Kelso earned her BA in English and Spanish from UC Berkeley and her MA in International Affairs from Columbia University. During her MA program, Mrs. Kelso’s focus was on language and linguistics. She took PhD courses from Columbia University’s Spanish Department, and also studied French and Arabic. While obtaining her MA, Mrs. Kelso was the senior editor for the Journal of International Affairs in New York City. Prior to joining the World Languages Department, Mrs.
After 10 years in parish Youth Ministry, I came to Jesuit High School as the Director of Campus Ministry. Our goal in the YM Office is to help our youth have an encounter with Christ that leads them to greater love and service to others in their lives. I married my best friend, Jennifer, on May 4, 1996. Travel, cooking, golf, theater, Sacramento Kings, SF Giants, SF 49ers are a few of my passions.
Maureen Banchero Longyear is the Vice President for Advancement of Jesuit High School. She is responsible for designing, directing and evaluating all advancement strategies to address the annual operations, long-term capital and endowment needs.
Mrs. Longyear is a native of Sacramento where she attended Loretto High School before attending Santa Clara University. Maureen transferred to the University of California, Berkeley and was awarded her Bachelor of Science in marketing from the Haas School of Business. After pursuing a successful career in media sales, Mrs. Longyear “retired” to raise three children, John ’99, Michael ’01 and Kate (Loretto High ’06). In 2003 and 2004 Mrs. Longyear co-chaired the Jesuit Auction as a volunteer and accepted a position in Development. In 2006 she was named Director of Development and was promoted to the Vice President for Advancement in 2012.
Originally from Flagstaff, Arizona, Mr. Jeremiah Loverich studied Chemical Engineering He served as a volunteer sixth grade teacher in Los Angeles through Americorps, before teaching high school chemistry and math for several years. As a Dominican seminarian, he studied philosophy and theology at the GTU in Berkeley, engaged in a wide variety of ministry (campus ministry, youth and adult faith formation, catechetical training, and prison chaplaincy), and did missionary work in Mexico. His master’s degree in theology specialized in religion and the arts.
Mr. Nick Luppino (class of 1998) received an undergraduate degree in English from Saint Mary’s College, a Master’s degree in Theology from the University of San Francisco, and a Master’s degree and teaching credential from the University of Phoenix. He has been a member of Jesuit’s faculty since 2005. In addition to his classroom responsibilities, Mr. Luppino is also the moderator of the Philosophy club, and the Sacramento King’s club, and co-moderator of Student’s for Life.
Dr. Madden will be teaching Digital Photography, Digital Filmmaking, and Art of Film. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Media Studies (and a minor in Education) from UC Irvine. Dr. Madden’s Master’s degree and PhD are both in Cinema and Media Studies and are from the University of Southern California. While she was at USC, Dr. Madden taught undergraduate courses in Film and Critical Studies.
Kristie Matteoni earned her BA in Communication Studies from UCSB, where she also studied French, Italian, and German. Inspired by a study abroad program and extensive travel throughout Europe and South America, Ms. Matteoni learned Spanish as well. After working in sales in the private sector for several years, she realized that teaching was her true calling and obtained teaching credentials in French and Spanish from Chapman University. Ms. Matteoni currently teaches French and Spanish and is the moderator for the JHS Speech & Debate Club.
Robert McAleese is a licensed educational psychologist and marriage and family therapist. He has a Ph.D. in family psychology and has been a counselor at Jesuit High School since 2000. Prior to JHS, Robert was a school psychologist, a private practitioner a director of a clinic for ADHD/LD evaluation and treatment, a juvenile probation officer, a group home director for adjudicated teenage boys and a psychiatric technician at Napa State Hospital. He is the proud father of 12 children.
Credential in Child and Adult Clinical Hypnotherapy, 1994
Ph.D. in Family Psychology, 1987
M.S in Counseling, Psychometry and School Psychology, CSUS 1976
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Tom graduated from Jesuit Prep, Dallas, and Loyola University, Los Angeles. After completing a credential the following year, he accepted a position at St. Paul’s High School in Whittier. Between 1976-81 he juggled a variety of duties, teaching Social Studies, moderating Student Activities and finished the stint as Boy’s Dean of Discipline and head golf coach.
“I feel that the care of libraries and the use of books, and the knowledge of books, is a tremendously vital thing, and that we who deal with books and who love books have a great opportunity to bring about something in this country which is more vital here than anywhere else, because we have the chance to make a democracy that will be a real democracy…”
What Libraries Mean To The Nation – Eleanor Roosevelt April, 1936
Alma Veronica Morales-Dickenson received her BA as Teacher of English as a Foreign Language with a minor in French from the Autonomous State University of Oaxaca “Benito Juarez” and obtained her MA in Spanish Literature from CSUS. She has lived and studied in Vancouver, Canada and Oaxaca, Mexico. She has learned English, French, Italian and Japanese as foreign languages. Ms. Morales had the opportunity to teach at Loretto High School for 5 years. She taught the AP Spanish there as well as the Spanish 3 classes.
Sean grew up in the bay area and went to St. Patrick St. Vincent High School. Sean Graduated from Sacramento State with a Bachelor of Arts in History. While living in Sacramento, Sean worked as a teaching assistant and assistant varsity football coach and defensive coordinator for five years at Monterrey Trail High School. Sean help Monterrey Trail to two back to back appearances in the CIF San Joaquin section Championships. For a period of time, Sean lived and worked in Austria. He was the defensive coordinator and then head coach for the St. Potlen Invaders.
With more than 12 years of design experience, Mala has been an integral part of marketing teams for companies such as Lyon Real Estate, California Dental Association and the Western Car Wash Association, specializing in branding, marketing, advertising and communications.
In addition, she has provided valuable design concepts to companies such as Sactown Magazine, TMD Group, Seraphein Beyn Advertising, American River College Art Department and Sacramento World Music & Dance Festival.
Mr. Nacionales has been a certified athletic trainer at Jesuit since 2007 and has been working on strength and conditioning with the basketball and football teams since 2013. He is also an assistant coach for the varsity basketball team. Mr. Nacionales has a Bachelor’s degree from Sacramento State and has done graduate work in kinesiology.
Edward Novinsky is an artist and educator. Ed graduated from Jesuit High School in 1972 and went on to receive his degree in Fine Arts from C.S.U. Sacramento. Ed then pursued a career in Fine Art with his paintings shown in galleries and museums through the west. Ed returned to Jesuit in 2000 to teach all levels of Studio Art. He continues to paint today. Along with his teaching duties Ed also serves as a moderator for “Jesuit Fly Fishing Club”, the “Organic Garden Club” and his lunchtime Studio Art group.
I graduated from Jesuit in 2004, and returned in 2009 for my first full-time teaching assignment. It is an honor to teach with peers who were some of my greatest teachers, and to work with such compassionate, enthusiastic students. I especially love watching students discover their voice as writers and thinkers in English class. For many years I helped as an assistant coach in the aquatics program, with both water polo and swimming. Now, my time after school is devoted to my family and my own continuing education.
Dr. Odell has been teaching for 8 years at the high school level and really enjoys teaching all aspects of science. She has taught General Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Independent Research Classes. Outside of work, she is an avid hunter, which she enjoys with her husband, her two Labrador retrievers, and her kids.
Fr. Charles Olsen, S.J. has a Master of Sacred Theology and licentiate degrees. He has been teaching here at Jesuit High since 1981, previous to which, he was at Jesuit schools in San Jose, Phoenix, and in Chinese schools in Asia.
A Sacramento native, Kimberly graduated from the University of California, Davis in 1989 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After several years working as an environmental consultant for Jones & Stokes Associates in Sacramento, Kimberly returned to college, graduating with a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from California State University, Sacramento in 1998. Upon graduation, Kimberly joined the faculty of Jesuit High School and has been having an excellent time with her students ever since!
After graduating from Loretto High School and earning a BA in Religious Studies at Loyola Marymount, Maureen Pryor moved to Seattle and worked in secondary education, helping to establish campus ministry programs at two high schools. Moving to Minnesota to earn an MA in theology at St. John’s University, Ms. Pryor also worked in Campus Ministry at SJU and St. Benedict’s college. She returned to California, serving twelve years as Director of University Ministry at USF.
Fr. Matthew Pyrc’, S.J. received an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Franciscan University, his Master of Divinity from Regis College of the Theology consortium at the University of Toronto, and his Masters in Theology and his licentiate degrees from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley. Prior to entering the Jesuits in 2006 he administered a High School Dropout and prevention/intervention program in Spokane, WA. Before coming to Jesuit, he worked as a Campus Minister at Seattle University. Fr. Pyrc?, S.J.
Rex’s primary duties include directing the Chamber Singers and Liturgy Workshop. He is Director of Music for the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, and has performed organ concerts throughout the US and Germany.
B.S. in Mathematics: University of Notre Dame (2000)
M.Mus in Organ Performance: University of Notre Dame (2003)
My love for working with students in a school setting began with my B.A. degree in Child Development. After my undergraduate, I was employed with River Oaks Treatment Center as a counselor working with adolescents. I began my my Masters in Educational Counseling in 1997, and graduated in 1999. I also earned a Pupil Personnel Counseling Credential. From there, I worked as a Middle School Alcohol/Drug Prevention Specialist for two schools in San Juan Unified School District. My school counseling background includes six years at a charter school, along with two Sacramento public high schools. I began working at Jesuit High School in the fall of 2007. I feel truly fortunate to have experience in a variety of school settings.
Carol is an experienced educator with a passion for helping students access learning and continue their education beyond high school by attending college. Carol was a teacher for twelve years, a school counselor for nineteen years (Jesuit High School), the Director of the Counseling Program for eleven years (Jesuit High School), and is currently the Director of the Academic Support Center. Carol has two sons that graduated from Jesuit High School and a daughter that graduated from St. Francis High School and is enthusiastic about the opportunities available in Catholic education.
Paul Rose began teaching at Jesuit in the fall of 1979. He has taught every social science class at Jesuit over the years. Currently, Paul teaches Advanced Placement United States History (Junior year class) and Psychology (a Social Science elective). Paul Rose over the past five years has traveled extensively across the United States to many historical sites including Gettysburg, Independence Hall, Yorktown, and Williamsburg to name a few.
Father is a sacramental and pastoral minister at Jesuit High School. He has taught Theology at St. Ignatius College Prep (San Francisco), Brophy Prep (Phoenix) and Loyola High School (Los Angeles). He was also Director of Campus at LHS. He worked as Hospital Chaplain at St. Francis Medical Center in Honolulu and most recently the Head of Chaplaincy at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Los Angeles. He is a native San Franciscan and a member of the California Province.
This is my fifth year working in the Counseling Department at Jesuit High School and my first full year as your son’s counselor. I earned my degree in Liberal Studies from Sacramento State with the intent of teaching in the elementary schools. Many years later, I found a home among the wonderful faculty and staff at Jesuit and was inspired to go back to school. In 2014, I began my Masters in Educational Counseling and will earn my PPS Credential in 2016. I absolutely love working at Jesuit and being a part of this school community. I am truly fortunate to be able to continue my work with the students in this new role and look forward to an exciting year.
BA Liberal Studies – CSU Sacramento, 2005
MS Educational Counseling – National University, 2016
Michael Solander is a graduate of Jesuit High School, class of 1992. This is his 13th year back at Jesuit and is enjoying teaching in the classroom and on the pool deck. Michael teaches freshman Global Studies and junior United States History. Along with his teaching, Michael is also the head coach of Jesuit Swimming. Over the past 13 years, the Marauders have won 5 CIF section titles in the pool and will be gunning for their 21st overall section championships this season.
As Vice President for Development at Jesuit High School, Marshall Sperbeck has responsibilities for Jesuit’s relationship to its nearly 9,700 alumni of the high school. He also works closely with the athletic and activities directors of Jesuit High School and with the Jesuit Boosters Club, a parent volunteer organization which support extra-curricular student activities at Jesuit.
A native of Sacramento, Sperbeck graduated from Valley High School. He later played at the University of Nevada from 1981-82 and led the team to a pair of winning seasons while throwing for 3,425 yards. Sperbeck earned a bachelor’s of science degree in physical education from Nevada in 1984 and later added a master’s of education from United States International in 1989.
Marshall and his wife, Kelle, have three children: Brooke, Thomas ‘13 and Ally.
Fr. Suwalsky, S.J. grew up in Leavenworth, Kansas and entered the Society of Jesus in 1983. He was ordained in 1995. His academic background includes degrees from Rockhurst University, Saint Louis University, the Weston School of Theology, and Harvard University. He was awarded a Ph.D. in American Studies from Saint Louis University in 2010. Prior to his coming to Jesuit High School, he was the treasurer of the Jesuits of the Missouri Province. He has been a teacher and administrator at St.
Last year marked my 40th year of teaching; the last seven of those at Jesuit High School. As long as students continue to show an interest and ask relevant (and sometimes funny) questions, I’ll continue to enjoying teaching mathematics.
All of the following were earned at California State University, Sacramento
Sharon Tobar serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Jesuit High School. She is responsible for the overall financial policies and business practices of the school. Ms. Tobar has more than 30 years of experience in financial operations, management, analysis and reporting and was previously the director of finance and business operations of St. Francis High School.
Ms. Tobar received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Maryland and her Master of Business Administration from Golden Gate University. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Innovative Education Management in Placerville, California.
Joining the faculty in the fall of 1990, Ed Trafton works in Campus Ministry as a liturgical musician and teaches senior English (Detective Fiction and Hero’s Journey).
Off campus he works as a teaching artist at California Musical Theatre/Music Circus, an accompanist/arranger/composer at St. Ignatius and St. Mary’s Church, and as a freelance arranger/composer/conductor/designer/director/pianist/playwright.
He considers it an honor to be working alongside some of his former teachers and former students.
Kathy Van Liefde has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and a Master’s of Science degree in Educational Counseling. She began working at Jesuit as a mathematics teacher in the fall of 1996, having taught math at the high school level since 1985. She began her career as a counselor at Jesuit in the fall of 2003. Kathy is also the Assistant Director of Testing.
George Wagner first came to Jesuit in 1988 when he taught math and coached football. He later became the Department Chair of Mathematics. Soon after he spent several years teaching Advanced Placement Computer Science. He then moved out of the classroom and became the Director of Technology.
George is married with two children, one of which is also an Alumni of Jesuit.
Leslie Willson holds a BA in French and Economics from the University of North Dakota and a MA in French Language from Middlebury College. She has lived, studied, and worked in Montreal, Paris and Madrid. Ms. Willson is credentialed in French and Spanish. She joined the World Languages Department in 2008 and has been serving as Department Chair since 2011.
Michael Wood is the principal at Jesuit High School. He began his career in Jesuit Secondary Education at Loyola High School in Los Angeles where he spent 12 years as a Theology teacher and Dean of Students.
Michael graduated from Jesuit in 1999 and he shared his motivation for accepting for the position as Jesuit’s principal noting that “It is an honor to return to my alma mater as a leader and colleague to share my strengths, experiences, and passion with the Jesuit ministry of my origin.”