JESUIT VALUES + URBAN ED FOCUS = QUALITY EDUCATION FOR ALL
Although Loyola will officially launch the School of Education this fall, the university’s commitment to quality education for students of all backgrounds has an established history. Deeply grounded in Jesuit values and tradition, Loyola has inspired many graduates to become men and women for others, individuals who share their knowledge and the spirit of Jesuit education as teachers in classrooms around the world.
Among today’s most challenging—and critical—educational settings are those located in America’s cities. Bolstered by the Jesuit principles and commitment to service instilled at Loyola, alumni have been embracing chances to improve learning opportunities for all students long before the university decided to launch the School of Education.
Here are snapshots of four alumni who are already using their Loyola educations—and their intuitive and experienced understanding of individual students’ needs—to make a difference in their students’ lives in diverse educational settings.
Sabol Returns to Teach at His Ohio Alma Mater
Life has come full circle for David Sabol, ’03. Today, he teaches math at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio, the school from which he graduated in 1999.
“At Loyola, I majored in math and specialized in secondary education,” he said. “By the time I graduated I knew that I wanted to be a teacher for the rest of my life.”
Before returning to Cleveland, Sabol worked in Los Angeles with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC), providing employment advice to individuals who were homeless, recovering from substance abuse or recently released from prison.
“I thought that JVC was a good way to transition from college to the working world,” he said. “I figured that I needed some life experience before teaching young adults.”
Sabol credits Loyola and its Center for Community Service and Justice with instilling his commitment to education.
“I used to coordinate the student volunteers who tutored women at the Caroline Center [a job training and education center for women in Baltimore City], and I got really involved in service and justice issues while I was at Loyola. The center definitely had a huge impact on what I consider important in my job as an educator and to teaching children how to be leaders in the community,” he said.
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