Kathleen Juhas Honored at MCJROTC’s 31st Annual Parade and Review
Academic assistant principal and mathematics teacher Mrs. Kathleen Juhas was honored for her 30 years of selfless and dedicated service to Jesuit High School by the MCJROTC at the organization’s 31st annual Parade and Review on Thursday, April 12.
At the ceremony that was attended by her colleagues, family, and witnessed by the entire Jesuit student body, Mrs. Juhas was celebrated as the embodiment of Jesuit’s motto “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam.” In a proclamation signed by president Fr. Christopher Fronk, S.J., and read to the audience by senior Thomas Sagona, she was celebrated for embodying the ideal of being an Ignatian educator. Her professionalism, dedication, and exemplary leadership are an example for all to follow and are in keeping with the highest traditions of Jesuit High School.
Mrs. Juhas earned her Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Dominican College and her Master of Science in Teaching from Loyola University. In 1988 she came to Jesuit High School and joined the Mathematics Department where she taught Algebra I, Algebra II, and Analysis. In 2001 Mrs. Juhas became the academic assistant principal, a position she holds to this day. In addition to her teaching and administrative duties, Mrs. Juhas chairs the Academic Council and the Curriculum Committee, leads the Ignatian Identity Team, and runs the three-year Staff Development Program. A woman of deep and abiding faith, Mrs. Juhas has been very involved in Campus Ministry from her earliest days, assisting in running the ministry and serving as the Campus Minister for ten years. She was instrumental in implementing Kairos retreats which have grown to encompass the entire junior retreat program and provide a deeper, more meaningful experience to our students. As a teacher, she combines in-depth knowledge of her subject matter with effective teaching methods and a caring, patient spirit that ensure her students truly learn mathematics in a respectful, welcoming atmosphere. As an administrator, she approaches all tasks with a selfless, professional attitude that enables her to be an effective leader in supervising the academic aspects of Jesuit. Her leadership skills were on display as she served as the acting principal for over four hundred Jesuit students who attended Strake Jesuit in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Despite personal sacrifice and trying conditions, Mrs. Juhas formed an effective “school within a school” that provided first-rate instruction and a sense of continuity to displaced students.
After Mrs. Juhas was recognized, the MCJROTC drill team and the MCJROTC band gave brief performances for the honoree and her audience. The parade is a time-honored ceremony of the Marine Corps. Present day parades in the Marine Corps and the MCJROTC are based on history and tradition.