Academic Dean Helps Students Find Just the Right Fit

Academic Dean Helps Students Find Just the Right Fit

Joseph Eng, Staff Reporter

Academic Dean. Science Teacher. Academic Counselor. Senior Class Moderator. Wrestling/Track Coach. 

Mr. Jeremy Jackson H’14, Trinity’s Academic Dean for Advanced and Honors Program students, has worn and continues to wear many educational hats. On a daily basis Mr. Jackson works with teachers to make sure students are in just the right classes. He answered a few questions about his career in education.

Q: Why did you choose to become a teacher? 

A: As a young person, my first instinct was always to help others.  Educating an individual helps them throughout their life.  I saw teaching as an avenue to help others not only process content, but also to learn independently.

Q: Why did you choose to work at Trinity High School?

A: Trinity is a student-centered learning institution rooted in the Catholic faith.  These align with my personal beliefs.

Q: Why did you decide to become a Dean of Students?

Mr. Jeremy Jackson H’14, Trinity Academic Dean for Advanced and Honors

A: At the time, I was serving Trinity as a College Counselor.  I enjoyed my work with students and faculty in that environment.  I see my position as Academic Dean to aid and guide students and faculty.  By doing that, I am able to assist in providing a better learning environment for many.

Q: Why did you become a Senior Class Moderator?

A: I served as the Senior Class Moderator for three years.  Previously I had coached for 13 years and missed interacting with students in a different environment.  This position gave me that venue.

Q: Why did you choose to teach in an area of science? 

In my job at Trinity, I witness God’s work on a daily basis. My faith more than helps me — it defines who I am.”

A: What else is there?  As a young person, I wondered “Why?” often.  When investigating the answer to this question, I often found the answer in science.  I wanted to share that with others.

Q: Why have you become an avid cyclist?

A: I raced my first time trial when I was 12.  My next-door neighbor at the time was older than I, so I somewhat idolized him.  He raced bicycles, so I was attracted to the sport.  Later in life, it gave me an escape from daily stress and diabetes.

Q: Faith is a big part of Trinity. How has your faith helped you in your life? 

A: Faith guides me.  Through daily prayer and interaction with people God has placed in my life, I have become a better person. In my job at Trinity, I witness God’s work on a daily basis. My faith more than helps me — it defines who I am.

Q: What has been toughest thing for you during this pandemic?

A: The lack of interaction with students on a daily basis.  Not being able to plan for an extended time.

Q: How do you feel the students have coped with the pandemic? 

A: Amazingly.  Students and faculty at Trinity have embraced the change required of a Catholic educational institution.

Q: Do you see the education system changing after this pandemic, and if so, to what extent? 

A: There will be some change.  I think the largest lesson is the importance of in-person, classroom education.  This is what is being missed the most at this time. Educators have learned new techniques and garnered new skills.  These will be used in the future.

Q: What would you say to students struggling with online learning?

A: Hang in there, my friends! We are here for you.  Let us know if we can help.  Communicate, talk to your counselor, teacher, or parent.  Let them know you are struggling.  Trinity has a multitude of interventions in place to help you. You are not alone.