Jesuit Welcomes New Administrators, Faculty, and Staff
Jesuit is proud to announce the following personnel changes and additions to the faculty and staff for the 2019-20 school year. The school will be providing more details about new teachers toward the end of the summer.
JEREMY REUTHER, ’01
Assistant to the President for Mission
Jeremy Reuther has assumed the responsibilities of the Assistant to the President for Mission. Aimed at forming faculty and staff who are enthusiastic participants in the school’s mission, the role will develop programs to enhance faculty and staff performance, Jesuit identity, and curriculum. This includes serving as a liaison for the Jesuit Schools Network and the province review, recruiting candidates for faculty and staff positions, and overseeing employee formation programs.
Jeremy has been with Jesuit for 15 years, serving in a variety of capacities as a theology teacher, campus minister, department chair, and most recently as the communications director. His involvement with the Ignatian Identity Team, faculty retreats, and Lenten formation programs for faculty will be assets for his new role of building relationships with faculty and staff to advance the mission of the school.
CHRISTIAN BAUTISTA, ’06
Director of Communications
Christian Bautista is joining the Jesuit administration to serve as the school’s new Director of Communications, filling the position most recently held by Jeremy Reuther. Bautista will oversee internal and external communications to ensure that the mission of Jesuit is evidenced in all print and digital publications, press releases, and other messaging and media associated with Jesuit High School. He will be interfacing with many components of Jesuit High School from admissions to academics to athletics to ensure excellent representation and mission alignment for all of the school’s endeavors.
Holding a M.Ed. in school leadership from Harvard University as well as two undergraduate degrees in education (B.M.E.) and music (B.A.) from Louisiana State University, Bautista returns home to Jesuit after almost 10 years as a classroom teacher, band director, policy analyst, and assistant development director. He has worked in various educational roles from Metairie to Boston to Cambodia, and he has experience in a variety of Catholic, public, and charter school settings.
MYLES KUSS, ’16
Communications & Alumni Assistant
The Development Office is also proud to add Myles Kuss ’16 to the institutional advancement team. He replaces Jack Culotta ’13 as Communications and Alumni Assistant, and in this role he will be serving Jesuit High School in areas including event coordination, alumni relations, and media content creation. A graduate of Louisiana State University with B.A. in journalism, Kuss will be contributing to both the communications and alumni offices. At LSU, he was a columnist for the Daily Reveille, a producer for Tiger TV, a cohost for KLSU, and a sports clerk for the Advocate for two years.
Prefect of Discipline
Mark Songy has been named the new Prefect of Discipline for Jesuit High School. Moving across Banks St. from his position as Head Football Coach, Songy replaces Lary “Top” Abshire upon his retirement after 28 years of service to Jesuit High School. Songy holds a B.A. from Louisiana State University and has accumulated over 38 years of experience in education as a classroom teacher and as a coach. Held in high esteem by students, faculty, and parents alike, Songy accepted this position with the following statement:
“I am very excited about the opportunity to serve in this new and important role at Jesuit High School, a place which continues to mean so much to me both personally and professionally. While I will certainly miss my role as Head Football Coach, I realize that this opportunity will allow me to work closely with our tremendous faculty and especially with a much larger part of our student body. I’m grateful for such an opportunity to be able to assist in carrying out the mission of Jesuit on an even larger scale.”
Interim Head Football Coach
Scott Bairnsfather has been selected as the 2020 Interim Head Football Coach for the Jesuit football program. With nearly 30 years of coaching experience—and over 20 years of experience as a Catholic school head coach—Bairnsfather has served Jesuit for the past 3 years as Offensive Coordinator for the football team. He holds a B.S. from the University of New Orleans.
Bairnsfather will hold the Interim Head Football Coach position for the 2020 football season, and the search for a permanent Head Football Coach will open up in January 2021.
“I was grateful when Jesuit hired me three years ago under Mark Songy, and I am honored to step up to run the team that I have enjoyed working with for these past years. It’s been a joy to work with our students and our staff, and I’d especially like to thank Fr. Brown and Mr. Kernion for giving me this opportunity. With all of the unique circumstances that have already been a part of 2020, I know we have some challenges ahead of us. But I’m confident that we’ll deal with those as they arise, and I’m looking forward to a great season with our outstanding players and top-notch coaching team.”
New Faculty, Counselors, and Coaches
The entire Jesuit family extends an earnest welcome to the following educators who will be joining the Jesuit faculty. We continue to fill a small number of other faculty openings, but the men and women below will each bring a tremendous skillset to Carrollton and Banks.
- Daniel Augustin ’15 · Theology
- Joshua Bourgeois ’13 · English
- Joshua Brumfield · Theology
- Cameron Eckholdt ’09 · Grade Level Counselor
- Matthew Firmin ’10 · Science · Wrestling
- Kendall Gibson · Spanish
- Fr. Stephen Kramer, S.J. · Theology · Wrestling
- Kenneth Lota ’06 · English
- Nicholas Nguyen · Health & Wellness Counselor
- Jonathon Orillion ’01 · Social Studies · Wrestling
- Jeffrey Reuther ’99 · Science · Rugby
- Robin Rhodes · Grade Level Counselor
- Paolo Taffaro · Theology