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Meet Mr. Rawlins

September 16, 2019
By Jackie Terrill

SJA welcomes Junior High Religion Teacher, Mr. Nathan Rawlins!  Mr. Rawlins instructs at Lourdes University as well as at SJA.  This gives him a unique perspective that enhances our students' understanding of the Catholic teachings.  Already we are hearing from our junior high students about their excitement for his class and learning about their faith. 

Read on to learn more about Mr. Nathan Rawlins:

Educational Background and Credentials: 
I began my studies at Owens State Community College in 2006. In 2012, I moved on to Lourdes University where I graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies in 2014. I then immediately went on to pursue a Masters in Theology which I completed in 2017. I have been studying independently, but under the guidance of the Church, for over a decade in preparation to serve the Church. I currently hold a Non-Tax Teaching Certificate from the Ohio Department of Education. 

Tell us about yourself, your family and your teaching history. 
Having spent most of my life connected to a Catholic Parish (OLPH), I know that I belong in a parish setting. I feel at home walking the halls of SJA. My wife and I have four daughters who currently attend St. Joseph Catholic School in Maumee. Over the past several years I have been teaching Computer Technology. It is my hope to join the ranks of the permanent deaconate in the coming years. 

Why do you choose to teach at St. Joan of Arc Catholic School? 
This is where the hand of God has set me, not to rest, but to labor for the kingdom. 

Tell us about a meaningful moment with a student. 
My first experience in the classroom, as a one on one aide, opened my eyes to the mind of students. It was in assisting this student that I realized my calling to serve in education. 

What is your favorite unit/topic/project to teach and why? 
Sacraments, particularly the Sacrament of Confirmation and the impact of the Holy Spirit. 

What do you hope students will learn from being a part of your classroom? 
It is my hope that students will be able and eager to promote the Gospel and our Catholic traditions.  

How do you motivate your students to be active learners in your classroom? 
It is my aim to push students beyond the everyday way of thinking and expose them to the rich cultural history of Christendom with the goal of positively driving self fulfillment. 

September Principal's Letter to Families

September 03, 2019
By Gabriel Jakubisin

Dear St. Joan of Arc Families,

As we enter September, the school year is in full swing for our K-8 students. We’ll welcome our preschoolers on Tuesday, September 3rd!

The image I chose for this month’s Letter is of an old barn-raising. This image is in my mind these days as I think of the expression “It takes a village…” It takes the cooperation of so many individuals, working together, to raise our young people well into saints, servants, and scholars. At SJA, we’re blessed to be a part of your family’s village, part of the community that you’ve attached yourselves to in order to raise your children as best as you can.

A key piece of the SJA team is the Parent School Organization. From raising funds for the support of educational initiatives to just building a welcoming community, our PSO is essential. My goal for this year, in this area, is for each family to do two things: 1) Attend at least 1 PSO meeting and 2) participate actively in the 2 PSO fundraisers. We’ve made it even more relevant for you to attend a PSO meeting by designating particular classes or groups of classes for a round table after each meeting. Check the schedule you received at Parent Night to see which meeting has been designated for your children’s classes. The fall fundraiser is selling raffle tickets and the spring fundraiser is La Soiree Rouge on February 1st. Stay tuned for more information on both. Also, keep in mind that we are looking for a lead volunteer for La Soiree Rouge and a new PSO President; if you are interested, let myself or Natasha Reinhart know!

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to myself or my staff with any concerns. And thank you for entrusting SJA with your children’s education and formation!

St. Joan of Arc, pray for us!
Go Warriors!


Gabriel A. Jakubisin
SJA Interim Principal

August Principal Letter to Families

August 04, 2019
By Gabriel Jakubisin

Dear St. Joan of Arc Families,

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be back in Toledo, OH, with my family, and preparing for your sons and daughters to return to school! As enjoyable as my time in South Bend was, by the end of it, I was itching to get back to St. Joan of Arc and get to work!

I wanted to update you as August rolls in. Several teachers have joined our mission and ministry this month. Serving our 3rd grade students will be Christa Monnette. She graduated from Western Michigan University and has been teaching in Michigan. Serving our 4th and 5th graders in Math and Religion will be Anna Gagnet, an alumna of our school. She graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville and has been teaching out west. Finally, Nathan Rawlins will be serving our 6th to 8th graders as the part-time Religion Teacher. Nathan graduated from Lourdes University, where he continues as a part-time Professor of Theology. We’re very excited to have these talented individuals join us in our mission of serving you and your children in Catholic education.

The image I chose for this month’s Letter is of the icon "Duc in Altum". These words, in Latin, are the words that Jesus spoke to Simon Peter when he told him to “Put out into the deep.” Peter obeyed and caught a tremendous amount of fish with his brother Andrew. As we embark upon a new school year, Jesus calls each of us to “put out into the deep” -- to face new challenges, embrace new opportunities, and continue to strive forward even when things seem stacked against us.

Don’t forget the Blessing of the Backpacks (at 11:30 Mass) and Welcome Back Day  (formerly known as Meet the Teacher) in the school following Mass on August 18th! The faculty, staff, and I are looking forward to seeing you. 

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to myself or my staff with any concerns. And thank you for entrusting SJA with your children’s education and formation!

St. Joan of Arc, pray for us!
Go Warriors!

Gabriel A. Jakubisin
SJA Interim Principal

Meet Mr. Jakubisin

June 20, 2019
By Gabriel Jakubisin

Hello! I'm Mr. Gabriel Jakubisin and I will begin as SJA's interim Principal on July 1st. Allow me to use this post to introduce myself a little. Although my wife and I have a passion for Catholic education, as it is for many of you, our primary vocation is to each other and then to our children. I'm a child of God first, a husband second, a father third, and then a Catholic educator. I really believe that those roles define (or start to define) me. In those four relationships, my faith, my marriage, my parenthood, and my role in Catholic education, are my greatest joys. 

My call in faith (and the beginnings of my vocation to Catholic education) came in the form of a reading about Paul's evangelization at a daily Mass my sophomore year of high school. Since that time, I've believed that I was called in a special way to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. (Of course, all Christians are called to spread this Good News - but not everyone makes a career of it!)

Over time, this developed into a call to education and I began teaching high school theology. My experiences as a teacher and talking to teachers, parents, and administrators all over convinced me of the importance of leadership in our Catholic schools. Thus, I applied to the Remick Leadership Program of the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame. I'll graduate from the Remick program next summer (July 2020). My goal as a Catholic educator (and now as a Catholic school leader) is to help every student form a transformational relationship with Jesus Christ in the context of receiving a stellar education. After all, since all truth comes from God, studying in any discipline can lead one closer to the God who created us, loved us when we were lost, saved us, and offered us eternity in Heaven.

A note on summer break: Not long after we began our school summer break, the Church also entered into Ordinary Time following the celebration of Pentecost on June 9th. There's nothing ordinary about it though. This time is extraordinary! Each week of the year, every Sunday, the Church remembers Jesus' Resurrection on the first Easter morning. Even though we've left the Easter season, we still have a mini-Easter celebration at Mass every Sunday! As Catholics, our Sunday obligation to attend Mass becomes less of an obligation and more of a celebration as we realize the joy of what we celebrate. My wife and I like to call this season of the Church "Anniversary Time", because every Sunday is like a little anniversary celebration commemorating the events and mysteries of our faith!

Especially if you are traveling this summer, make sure to attend Mass wherever you go. One of the most powerful experiences of my life was hearing the Mass in multiple languages in different countries during a high school trip to Europe. When you see and hear and participate in the Mass away from your home parish or home city, you experience the universality of the Church at a different level. In 2014, I attended a Mass in Shanghai in China - and felt right at home! Closer to home, I'm looking forward to taking my family to Our Lady, Star of the Sea in New Smyrna Beach, FL this summer. My kids will get to see that, even a thousand miles from home, they'll always be at home in a Catholic church.

So, enjoy this "anniversary time" with your loved ones and with the Church. I hope your summer is off to a great start and is full of grace and refreshment! God be with you!

St. Joan of Arc, pray for us!
Go Warriors!

Gabriel A. Jakubisin
SJA Interim Principal

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