Ian O’Hagan Q&A

We’ve all seen him roaming the hallways of Rockhurst, briskly shuffling all around the school. In the daytime, you can see him handling a stack of papers in one hand with at least 3 JUG forms in the other. During the night, he likes to relax and unwind in his blue Rockhurst gym shorts and his heather gray t-shirt. At this time, you would usually find him ferociously brushing his teeth in the ASC residence at school while doing Latin conjugations in his head. The Jack-Of-All-Trades, Mr. Latin himself…Ian O’Hagan!

Q:   Where did you attend high school?

A:  I was actually homeschool K-12, via a Catholic program based in California.

Q: Could you describe your personal faith journey?

A: My faith journey has certainly had its ups and downs over the past few years. These past few months, however, have been an incredibly grace-filled period for me. God has placed in my heart a deep desire to live out the Great Commission in as radical a way as possible. My faith journey is by no means done, but God’s road signs are becoming easier to read.

Q: Have you always had a passion for Latin?

A: Ever since the monks at my parish first introduced me to it, I’ve always had a passion for Latin. I can honestly say that there has not been a school year since 4th grade where I have not studied and/or taught Latin.

Q: How did you become an ASC?

A: Well, to make a long story short, I found myself in grad school at SLU, forced to reevaluate the direction my life was taking and decided that teaching for the Jesuits might be a good way to sort things out and better determine what God was calling me to.

Q: How has your experience as a teacher been so far?

A: This is actually my second year of teaching, but it’s my first time teaching in a brick-and-mortar school. It’s actually nicer that way because now I can engage face-to-face with the students, and I’m able to tell if they’re having trouble solving a problem or understanding a concept.

Q: What was one of your main goals this year? Did you accomplish it?

A: One of my main goals this year was to be open to new ideas. I’ve definitely come to the realization that I want to continue teaching in the Catholic school system, but to also infuse my future students with a passion for service. Rockhurst does such a great job of showing its students the importance of serving others, and I wish more schools did the same.

Q: Who is another faculty member that you look up to or revere?

A: That’s a really tough question. Rockhurst is blessed with so many intelligent and passionate teachers. I guess if I had to choose just one person, it would have to be Coach Lawson. He’s almost always here at night doing something, whether it’s grading assignments or planning sporting events. His work ethic is certainly worth emulating.

Q: What are your future plans after you finish teaching at Rockhurst?

A: Well, once the school year winds down, I’ll be sticking around in the KCK area, doing Totus Tuus mission work for the Archdiocese. Once that’s done, I’ll be moving up to the Twin Cities, to start a full-time job as a history teacher at a local Catholic high school.

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