Eleven New Faculty Members Join the Jesuit Ranks for 2019-2020

Posted August 21, 2019 / Last updated August 29, 2019

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New faculty members: (top row, left to right) Fr. David Paternostro, S.J., Stephanie Strain, Scout Serpas ’13, Anthony Taffaro ’15, Daniel Augustin ’15, and Connor Hartupee ’15; (bottom row, left to right) Delmy Banegas, Andrea Schalker, Susan Yelton, Darrell O’Neill ’06, and Maj Jarrod Friloux, USMC, ret.

The 2019-2020 Jesuit faculty has eleven new faces who will enhance the school’s program of formation with their expertise, professionalism, and commitment to the school’s mission.

The Spanish department has three new members. Andrea Schalker, a native of Chile, will be teaching Spanish I and II at Jesuit. She brings 15 years of language arts experience, teaching in her home country as well as three U.S. states. Scout Serpas ’13 joins the faculty to teach Spanish I. Serpas has immersion and instruction experience through teaching ESL courses in Costa Rica and Austin, TX. Delamy Banegas has a decade of experience teaching Spanish in Colorado and Louisiana, most recently at St. Paul’s High School in Covington. Banegas is teaching Introductory Spanish and Spanish II.

Jesuit priest Fr. David Paternostro, S.J., is teaching senior theology. A graduate of Strake Jesuit (Houtson), Paternostro earned master’s degrees in theology and philosophy during his formation with the Jesuits and spent three years teaching theology and serving as the assistant theater director at Jesuit Tampa. Most recently, he served a pastoral year at the Jesuit Church on Baronne St.

Maj Jarrod Friloux, USMC, ret. is the new senior Marine instructor for Jesuit’s MCJROTC program. Friloux had the same title at his previous post at the New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy (NOMMA) in Algiers. That position followed his retirement in 2015 as a pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps after a 28-year career. He will teach Leadership Education, coach the MCJROTC rifle team and the color guard, and be involved in the drill team and the physical training team.

In English, Darrell O’Neill ’06 returns to his alma mater to teach English II and III. After finding a love for teaching as an English tutor for Operation Upgrade as a student at Jesuit, O’Neill has gone on to earn a master’s degree in teaching from the University of New Orleans and most recently teach English at Riverdale High School.

The guidance department has two new members coming from area high schools. Stephanie Strain brings to Jesuit five years of experience as the middle school counselor at Holy Cross School. She holds a master’s degree in counseling education from UNO and is now serving at Jesuit as the guidance counselor for juniors. Susan Yelton joins the Jesuit staff as a college placement counselor. working with juniors and seniors. A native of West Chester, PA, Yelton earned a master’s degree in social work at Southern University at New Orleans and comes to Jesuit after five years as the junior and senior counselor and college advisor at Cabrini High School.

The Alumni Service Corps welcomes three members this year. Connor Hartupee ’15 recently finished a biological sciences degree at Louisiana Tech University and will teach Computer Literacy I. Anthony Taffaro III ’15 graduated from L.S.U. after studying sociology and criminology and will teach world geography as well as assisting with the MCJROTC program. Daniel Augustin ’15 recently completed his bioengineering degree from L.S.U. where he also held a research assistant position testing alternative bio-fuels. He will teach Christology and will be involved with Sodality, campus ministry, and the track and field program.