Our Teachers


Our principal, Kathleen Carlson, took up her current role of principal in 2017 after four years as our English and Literature teacher. 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. 

Kathleen Carlson


Teacher of Literature

Our Dean of Students, Leah Brockman, has been with us for ten years. She pairs her responsibilities as dean with her math and sciences teaching. Originally from Anaheim, California, Mrs. Brockman now resides in the Salem area with her husband and daughter and has a married son. 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, Physics, and Spanish. 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. 

Leah Brockman

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 before returning to live in Salem where soon after she began teaching at St. John Bosco High School. Alongside her teaching duties, she is currently pursuing a BA double majoring in Theology and Humanities from Holy Apostles College & Seminary. Since 2016 she has taught 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 family, play with her adorable infant son, and go for long walks. 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." Following her marriage in June 2019, Mrs. Lerner moved to the east coast and continues to teach theology classes for us remotely. 

Juliana Lerner

Teacher of Theology, Latin, Logic, Rhetoric and Drama