This piece was published in the September 2015 issue of the Prep News
With the start of the new school year, Rockhurst High School welcomes many new members to its community. Among them are 11 teachers, 244 freshmen and 12 transfer students.
The new additions to the permanent staff at Rockhurst include Mr. Peter Clark, Fr. Vincent Giacabazi, SJ, Mr. Max Magee, Mr. Tim Nendick, Mr. Martin Radosevic, Sr., Mr. Daniel Shaver and Mr. David Spitz.
Mr. Magee will be taking over as Coordinator of Ignatian Service Programs as Mr. Grilliot begins his new role as Director of Hurtado Scholars.
As a teacher of three sections of freshman English, Mr. Spitz offered insight to how the freshmen are adjusting to their new school.
“The freshmen have been a lot of fun to teach,” Mr. Spitz said. “They’re eager and everything is new to them, so I have to stop myself sometimes and remember that a lot of things we take for granted, they are still learning for the first time. The other day, I had to teach a few of them how to send an email.”
As the Class of 2019 adjusts to its new surroundings, twelve transfer students also join the Rockhurst community. Rockhurst welcomes eight sophomores, three juniors, and one senior.
As new people filter into the community, some familiar faces are returning. Several of the new staff members have had prior experience at Rockhurst as either a teacher or student. Mr. Nendick, a Rockhurst alumni, and a member of the class of 2008. Fr. Giacabazi, Mr. Magee and Mr. Spitz have all taught at Rockhurst in the past as members of the ASC (Alumni Service Corps) program.
Rockhurst’s four ASC teachers for the 2015-16 school year are Mr. Christopher Gebauer, Mr. Richard Joubert, Mr. Evan Niebur and Mr. Alan Ratermann. As members of the ASC program, they have volunteered to spend this year coaching and teaching at Rockhurst.
“I’m delighted to be returning to Rockhurst after ten years,” Fr. Giacabazi said. “Walking the hallways, getting to know students, and presiding at the Freshman/Senior Mass were major highlights of my first week.”
After serving as a member of the ASC program in the 2013-14 school year, Mr. Spitz spoke very highly of Rockhurst following a year off to write a novel about a priest going through a midlife crisis.
“I missed this community of both students and teachers,” Mr. Spitz said. “This is a special group of people.”