Profiles of Ignatian Educators

Our faculty are outstanding. Not only are they experts in their subject areas but they are also Ignatian educators who strive to develop the minds, hearts, souls, and characters of their young men, in and out of the classroom. Prep Teachers care about the whole student, not simply the person who sits in their classroom.

This year, using the Jesuit Schools Network’s “Profile of an Ignatian Educator” as a base, we have profiled several of the women and men who made teaching at the Prep a vocation.

Bill Conners ’80 and Dr. Chris Rupertus have combined History and English to form the highly popular American Studies course for sophomores which has run for more than 20 years. The class uses literature and historical documents to expand students’ knowledge of American history and culture through the years.

Art Teachers Lee and Robinson

Art teachers Jenna Robinson and Kat Lee have created a space for student artists where they are encouraged to make creative choices, using the teachers as guides.

Geoff Nunes and Andrew Fabry have changed their classroom styles to allow students more opportunities for group work in the areas of physics and algebra. Using academic research, they have continued to hold students to a high level while now giving students some ownership of their learning.

Religious Studies Teachers Michael Gambone and Pete Callaghan have expanded their work in the classroom to include more efforts in partnership with the Office of Mission and Ministry. One important result is the very popular monthly AMDG Fridays and an improved communication with our North Philadelphia neighbors.

All Prep teachers exhibit a strong belief in cura personalis, that Jesuit educational term that loosely means care for the whole person. Three teachers in particular, Caroline Becker (Religious Studies), Joe Hendrzak (Science), and Teresa Hoffman (Computer Science), have incorporated it directly into their curriculum in interesting ways.

Read each full-length article about our incredible Ignatian Educators and colleagues on our website.