Secondary Education and Journalism
Why did I choose SJC?
I liked the small Catholic school atmosphere. It was only one hour away from my Northwest Indiana home, which was a perfect distance for me. I also received a great scholarship, and I knew it was definitely the right decision!
As a student, what were you involved in?
The Observer, Measure, Music Ministry, Volunteer Corps, Habitat for Humanity, Right to Life (President), Gallagher Charitable Society, Junior Class Secretary, Intramural Sports, and Kairos (leader and rector).
What are you doing now?
I teach at Avon High School just west of Indianapolis. I teach English 9 Honors, Intro to Journalism, Yearbook, and Newspaper. I'm working on my master's in Secondary Education. I got married on May 31, 2008, to Randy Hoffman '03.
How did SJC prepare you for the "real world?"
It made me the person I am today. I grew up a lot at SJC and made relationships that made me stronger. I received a great education and good experience for my future job. I made friendships with students and professors that I still have today.
Who was your favorite SJC professor?
All of the English professors: Bill Mottolesse, Charlie Kerlin, Maia Hawthorne, John Groppe, Bob Garrity, and Tom Ryan.
What was your favorite Core book?
"The Things They Carried."
What is your favorite SJC memory?
I loved the pizza eating contests we'd have when we went on Habitat for Humanity trips to Rocky Mount, NC, over Thanksgiving break. It would be boys versus girls, but there were usually three times as many girls. The guys still gave us a run for our money though! We'd usually eat about ten pieces each after working all day building houses.
What was your favorite Café food?
Spaghetti with meat sauce and General Tso's chicken
What residence hall did you live in?
Justin for two years, apartments for two years.
When was your last visit to campus?
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