It’s a new year at Saint Francis High School. There’s a new class of freshmen, a new crop of faculty and staff members, and a new president to lead the school community.
President Jason Curtis returns to California after 19 happy years as principal/head of school at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, N.C. A native of San Diego and a graduate of Santa Clara University, he has vast experience in Catholic school education and has previously served as a teacher, coach, department head and assistant principal.
As Mr. Curtis embarks on his first year, he says that first and foremost he will take time to learn about the community and the Holy Cross values that define Saint Francis. Since he arrived on campus in July, he has been absorbing everything he can about the school by meeting and listening to students, parents, employees, alumni and benefactors. Already, he has addressed new parents’ questions at welcome coffees, seen teachers and students in action in the classrooms, and cheered on the Lancers at athletic events. In addition, he plans to partner with Principal Katie Teekell ’00 to continue building on the school’s strategic plan and lay the groundwork for the school’s future campus plans.
“I’m thrilled to have the chance to share a compelling vision for Saint Francis, especially when it serves students and families in new and innovative ways,” he said. “The ability to help Saint Francis articulate a far-reaching vision and support our educators in bringing it to fruition is a wonderful opportunity.”
One area that Mr. Curtis is deeply committed to is leadership development. He is passionate about equipping students with skills and authentic opportunities to develop them as leaders. He also has extensive experience in the past speaking to schools and parishes about this topic, helping community leaders speak compellingly about their visions to encourage their teams.
“We are blessed with the enormous responsibility and privilege of educating the next generation of leaders for our Church,” he said. “We need faith-filled young people who are deeply committed to servant leadership, and it is an honor to serve at a Holy Cross school dedicated to forming our students’ hearts and minds to serve the world.”
Mr. Curtis takes over from Acting President Father Tony Mancuso, who returns to the classroom and remains as school chaplain, among other duties at Saint Francis and with the Diocese of San José. Mr. Curtis and his wife Kelly are the proud parents of Jake (University of North Carolina at Charlotte), Emily (Villanova University), Maggie (Saint Francis High School) and Erin (St. Simon School).