Kelly is involved in all areas of the Campus Ministry Program at Jesuit High School. She is responsible for the Senior Retreat Team, Sophomore and Junior Retreats. Kelly also helps facilitate the Freshman Overnight Retreat, Kairos Retreats, Reconciliation Services, prayer services and other Campus Ministry activities. She is a spiritual director, trained in leading others through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
Ms. Becker holds a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame and an 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 35th year at Jesuit High School and his 39th year of coaching football. This year he is teaching 5 periods of freshmen biology. He is married with 5 children and seven grandchildren. He has had three boys graduate from Jesuit.
Earned both a BS in Biology and a Teaching Credential from California State University of Sacramento.
Born in Anaheim, CA, Jared spent his early years in Carlsbad at the beach with his family. In his elementary school years, his family moved to Northern California where Jared grew a passion for music and technology. Learning multiple instruments throughout high school, Jared spent time on the road as a touring musician with Christian bands after graduation as well as spending time in full-time ministry as a Worship and Youth Pastor for local Sacramento churches.
Mrs. Borasi currently teaches English 2 XL and American Lit & Comp. She was born and raised in Sacramento, but she attended college in San Diego and studied for a year in Spain at the Universidad de Alcala. While completing her Master’s degree at LMU, she taught freshman writing courses there. After teaching grades 6-12 at a private school in Los Angeles, she returned to Sacramento and taught all levels of English at St. Francis High School for fourteen years before coming to Jesuit.
Ms. Brabec currently teaches Theology 2B and is the Director of Christian Service. She was born and raised near Chicago, but has called California home since 2008. In her free time, Ms. Brabec enjoys running, hiking, reading, photography, and experimenting with new foods in the kitchen.
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.
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 the Math Department. 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.
Julia Clark is a member of the Office of Advancement. As the Director of Annual Giving, she is responsible for raising money for the operating budget to meet the gap between what a family pays for tuition and the full-cost of a Jesuit education. Born in Fresno, CA, Julia worked in the telcom industry for 21 years before retiring. She is the mother of Neil (JHS ’07) and Katie (SFHS ’12). She began her professional relationship with Jesuit in 2004. In her spare time she loves to read, entertain, and spend time with family and friends.
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.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Fadia attended Marymount High School before completing her undergraduate studies at UCLA. While working on her Master’s degree at Stanford, Fadia entered the classroom as a Language Arts teacher and moved into a teaching position at Rocklin High School. Fadia took time away from the classroom to pursue a Ph.D.
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 an 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. Here at Jesuit, I will be teaching history.
Bruce has been involved in the technology industry for the past 20 years. His experience ranges from first call resolution help desk, desktop support, data center monitoring, network and server support. Bruce has one daughter who graduated from NDSU and has a BS in Nursing.
Mr. Flynn currently teaches U.S. History and Economics. He was born in New York, and raised in Sacramento; he is a Jesuit High School graduate of 1998. John began his career in Jesuit education in 2005; and has served in a variety of roles including Student Activities Director, Assistant Athletics Director, Social Studies Teacher, and Campus Ministry Team member.
BA History – C.S.U.S. 2004
MEd Educational Foundations & Leadership – George Fox University 2013
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.
Mr. Gans is Jesuit’s Director of Equity & Inclusion. A SEED Leader as part of the National SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Project, he has received advanced professional training at the NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute, the NAIS Power, Privilege, and Practice Symposium, the Jesuits West Colloquium on Race, the Puget Sound Writing Project, and the AP Institute. Mr.
Mrs. Harrison has been working at Jesuit as the Administrative Assistant to the Dean since winter of 2002. She also assists Mr. Tim Kelly, the Director of Summer Programs. For more information regarding our Summer Programs, please visit www.summeratjesuit.com.
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.
Currently the Director of Campus Safety, Mr. Lane previously spent 25 years as Director of Admissions. Born and raised in San Francisco, he attended Riordan High School before moving to St. Mary’s College. He taught at St. James in Davis and St. Mary’s in Sacramento before being hired at Jesuit. Mr. Lane is also the Boy’s Director of the Parochial Athletic League (PAL) and has been in that position for 30 years. Mr. Lane has coached football and basketball while at Jesuit, including as an assistant on the two State Runner-up Basketball teams in 1993 and 1994.
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.
I graduated from California State University Sacramento in 1989 with a Bachelors in Physical Education/Athletic Training. I became a Board Certified Athletic Trainer in 1994. My Career started at Jesuit in 1991 as the Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Championship Basketball Teams of 1992, 1993, and 1994. I also served as the Athletic Trainer and Fitness Coach for the Sacramento Regional Fire Academy from 2003-2008. In 2000 I was hired to work the US Track and Field Olympic Trials and have worked every major Track and Field event for the USATF sinc
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, 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.
Rocklin native Katherine Madden holds a Ph.D. in Critical Studies from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. Her dissertation, Father, Son, and the Holy Dollar: Rebuilding the American Dream in Post-Recessionary Reality Television and Mommy Blogging, studies the ideological framework of Christianity and parenting in reality television and video blogs following the Great Recession of 2008. She also holds an M.A. in Critical Studies from the University of Southern California and a B.A.
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.
Ms. Mitchell currently coordinates the Junior and Senior Service Program. She has spent her career in Jesuit ministries—from Jesuit Volunteers International in Micronesia to Nativity and Cristo Rey schools in New York to serve as the Director of Community Service and Social Justice at St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her family.
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.
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!
Fr. Pyrc´, S.J. Currently teaches Freshman Theology, Liturgy Workshop and works part-time in campus ministry. He performs sacramental duties on campus and school retreats, leads a senior immersion trip, and is a team chaplain for Water Polo, Lacrosse, and Robotics. He has a passion for travel and cultures, visiting Africa, Europe, Asia, South & Central American countries. In addition Fr. Pyrc´ has enjoyed an extended time living in Toronto and Cali, Colombia. He is currently writing a novel that involves spirituality & theology in an Urban Fantasy genre.
Kristie Quillen 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, Mrs. Quillen 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. Mrs. Quillen currently teaches French and Spanish.
Rex Rallanka teaches Chamber Singers, Liturgy Workshop, and Men’s Chorus. An alum of the Class of 1996, Mr. Rallanka participated in bands and orchestra as a student. Mr. Rallanka is also the Director of Music for the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament and frequently performs as a concert organist.
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 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.
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). 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.
Carol works in the Academic Support Center which is a dedicated space for students with learning differences and/or ADHD. Carol supports students during their FLEX periods through check-ins and assistance with their academic classes. She has worked as a teacher, counselor, campus minister, and coach during her years in high school education. In her free time, Carol runs, plays tennis, practices yoga, and travels. Carol is a proud mom of two Jesuit alum and alumna of St. Francis High School.
Jon has been employed full time at Jesuit for five years and coaching at Jesuit for 16 years. Mr. Rotz currently serves as the Assistant Director of Admissions. He values the opportunity to assist the Director of Admissions, Josh Palone, in showing prospective students firsthand the “brotherhood” that exists at Jesuit High School.
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.
Born and raised in San Francisco, CA, Andrew attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory before attending Seattle University for his undergraduate studies. After college, he spent two years serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at a Catholic grade school on the Crow Indian Reservation, and one year working in USF’s University Ministry. Andrew joined Jesuit High School in 2018 and teaches Theology 1 and Senior Christian Service.
This is my seventh year working in the Counseling Department at Jesuit High School and my second year as the Director of Counseling Services. 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 earned 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.
Mr. Strawn graduated from Jesuit in 2004. He attended the University of San Diego, studying English, Philosophy, and Theology & Religious Studies, and began his teaching career three months after graduating in 2008. He earned his M.A. from CSU, Sacramento, in English Literature, and is currently working towards his B.S. in Computer Science from Oregon State University. He is teaching Algebra 1, AP Computer Science Principles, and AP Computer Science A.
I graduated from San Diego State University in 2005 with a bachelors in Kinesiology/ Athletic Training (AT). My collegiate internship field experience included working with SDSU football, Mesa JC Football, SDSU softball, US Marines Boot Camps, and various High School and Youth Camps. I became Board Certified as an Athletic Trainer (ATC) by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) in June of 2005 and shorty after received my Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) credential through the NSCA. In 2009, I also became a Level 1 CrossFit instructor.
La Roddric Theodule is the Assistant Principal/Dean of Students at Jesuit High School. He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, CA before attending Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida. After undergrad, La Roddric began his teaching career in Catholic high schools and has remained a Catholic school math and physical education teacher, football and track & field coach, and mentor/moderator for the last 16 years. During his time as a Catholic school teacher, he earned Master’s degrees from both Concordia Univer
Kyle Tooley is a member of the Office of Advancement. As the Director of Alumni Relations, he is responsible for bringing alumni back to campus for different events and opportunities, as well as working with our alumni to further advance the school. Born in Sacramento, CA, Kyle worked in sports information prior to starting at Jesuit, where he spent time with both the Cincinnati Bengals and Tampa Bay Rays. Kyle is a 2013 graduate of Jesuit High School, where he was involved in the Black Box, Senior Retreat Team, Cheerleading, The Plank, and more.
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) and Art of Film (A).
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 an Alumni of Jesuit & CSUS while the other is an Alumni of Saint Francis High School.
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.
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.”
Currently teaches Junior American Literature and Composition as well as Senior Creative Writing: Short Story. Born in Santa Clara, CA, raised in Dallas, TX, Ms. Zanotto returned to Auburn, CA at the beginning of high school. She attended Saint Mary’s College of California from 1988-1992. Directly after graduating, Ms. Zanotto entered the St. Mary’s College of California School of Education where she obtained her Single Subject Professional Clear California Teaching Credential that qualifies her to teach K-12. Ms.
Prior to working at Jesuit, served in the Peace Corps from 1982 to 1985 in Zaire teaching math for 2 years and as a regional representative for one. Continued to work in Zaire with USAID from 1985 to 1991. Returned to the United States and moved back to Sacramento in December 1991.