A catholic classical school in the willamette valley
Our principal, Kathleen Carlson, took up her current role after four years as our English and Literature teacher, and she is still teaching in addition to her administrative duties. She lives in Salem with her husband and has three grown children. She graduated in 1994 from the University of Portland with a BA in English Literature. Over the years, she has taught Ancient, Medieval, Modern and US Literature, Medieval and Modern History, Grammar, Composition, Government, and Economics.
Teacher of Literature
Our Dean of Students, Leah Brockman, has been with us for seven years. She pairs her responsibilities as dean with her math and sciences teaching. Originally from Anaheim, California, Ms. Brockman now resides in the Salem area with her husband and two teenage children. She graduated from the University of California San Diego in 1983 with a BA in Physics. She has taught various classes for us over the years including Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. When she is not busy teaching our students, she likes reading books, playing guitar and depending upon our wet Oregonian weather, she also enjoys star-gazing. When asked, she says she enjoys teaching at St. John Bosco because of our small classes, allowing her to provide individual help to those seeking it. She also mentions how much she appreciates the supportive community of our families.
Dean of Students
Teacher of Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Juliana Lerner comes to us as a previous student from when we were known as Marian Latin School! After high school, she spent five years in novitiate formation and is now living in Salem. Alongside her teaching duties, she is currently pursuing a BA in Humanities from Holy Apostles College & Seminary. She's been teaching with us for over three years now the following subjects, all of which set a Bosco education apart from that offered by public and most other modern secondary schools: Theology, Latin, Logic, and Rhetoric. In her free time, Mrs. Lerner likes to read, knit, spend time with her family, and go for long walks and hikes. When asked what she likes most about teaching at St. John Bosco, she says, "I appreciate its faith-filled environment in which we are free to be unabashedly Catholic and to cultivate in our students the theological, moral, and intellectual virtues through an outstanding curriculum and warm family spirit. It is truly a privilege and joy for me to teach here."
Teacher of Theology, Latin, Logic, Rhetoric and Drama
Jessica Rolfe has taught Ancient Greek History, Ancient Greek Literature, Composition, and Roman History. This year, Mrs. Rolfe is spear-heading our new musical education curriculum, as well as our Physical Education classes. She lives in Newberg with her husband and four children, one of whom is a Senior this year at our school. She has a BA in History from Whitman College and an MA in Teaching from Seattle University in 2001. She enjoys hiking, cross-country skiing, reading and spending time with her family. When asked what she likes about teaching at St. John Bosco High School, she says she likes "interacting with the students and learning about events in history that I have not studied before."
Teacher of Ancient Humanities and Physical Education