What is your favorite project to assign?
Twice a year, all the juniors enrolled in Contemporary Moral Issues (CMI) host the “Justice Fair.” Students prepare for the Justice Fair by researching various charity organizations and creating handmade products to sell during the Fair in order to raise money for those charities. In the past, CMI classes have raised over $1,600 in order to support charities like KIND (Kids in Need of Defense), Mental Health America, the California Wildfire Relief Fund and Everytown Gun Safety.
Besides teaching, what other roles do you play on campus?
Aside from teaching in the Theology Department, I am the coach of our Mock Trial team. Every fall, IH competes in the Los Angeles County Mock Trial program alongside scores of other high schools. It is a unique opportunity afforded to the students, to argue a criminal case in front of an actual judge in a real downtown courtroom. I like to say that mock trial is speech and debate combined with theater arts. In the past, we’ve had students receive recognition for their performances, including one who received the top award for her outstanding prosecution pre-trial motion. At IH, all students are welcome to join the team.
What has been your favorite place to travel?
Galway City, County Galway in the west of Ireland during the summer of 2018. Wandering through the medieval “Latin Quarter,” watching the street performers, listening to live music, hearing the melodic local accent and eating Murphy’s ice cream, all seemed right with the world.