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Our Teachers


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Kathleen Carlson

Teacher of Literature

and History

Kathleen Carlson graduated from the University of Portland in 1994 with a BA in English Literature. She first taught at Bosco as our English and Literature teacher in 2010-2011. She then earned a M.A. in Education at Willamette University and returned to our school in 2014. Over the years, she has taught Ancient, Medieval, Modern and US Literature; Ancient, Medieval and Modern History, Grammar, Composition, Government, Economics, and Rhetoric. She served has served as Principal 2017-2021. Mrs. Carlson lives in Salem with her husband and has three grown children.

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Leah Brockman

Dean of Students

Teacher of Mathematics and Sciences

Our Dean of Students, Leah Brockman, has been with us since 2010. She pairs her responsibilities as dean with her math and science 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. 

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Juliana Lerner

Teacher of Theology, Latin, Logic, Rhetoric and Drama

Juliana Lerner came 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. Mrs. Lerner has a BA in Theology and English in the 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 precious 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 classes for us remotely. 

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