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Holy Family School Hires Teachers from Santa Clara University’s ExCEL Program


This school year, Holy Family School welcomed three new teachers from Santa Clara University’s Excellence in Catholic Education and Leadership (ExCEL) program. ExCEL is an innovative program that allows outstanding individuals to teach in K-12 Catholic schools, while earning an M.A. in Teaching and fulfilling the requirements for a California teaching credential.

Francis Adams teaches eighth grade English, Language Arts, and Religion. Originally from the East Coast, he earned his B.A. in English and Philosophy from Boston College. The beautiful California climate brought him West, and he spends much of his free time reading books in the outdoors.

Guia Calvillo teaches one of the fifth grade classes. She graduated from San Jose State University with a B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development. Her experience as a student teacher, after-school program leader, and instructor has confirmed her passion for shaping young lives spiritually, intellectually, and socially.

Jonathan Ishii teaches fourth grade Science & Social Studies and the Middle School Art Program. He earned his B.A. in Political Science & Government with an emphasis in international & peace studies and Urban studies from Loyola Marymount University. He also has experience teaching abroad, tutoring, mentoring, and conducting and presenting research in the U.S. and out of the country.

The ExCEL program is a partnership between Santa Clara University (SCU), the Diocese of San Jose (DSJ), and the Sobrato Family Foundation. It focuses on four pillars: Service through Teaching, Living in Community, Spirituality, and Technology in Education. Holy Family School is grateful to employ these outstanding teachers.