16 • Call 1.800.348.4732 “I AM A MARIANIST EDUCATOR” Drawn to the charism, teachers share their experiences of working at a variety of Marianist-sponsored schools. By Carol Dexter want to work at a Marianist school. What’s open?” This was the question Mallory Green posed to a number of Marianist secondary schools in 2010 as she was graduating from University of Dayton, a Marianist university in Ohio. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in education and fresh from student-teaching at Marianist-sponsored Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School in Datyon, Mallory knew that she belonged at a Marianist school. Her inquiry led to a number of possibilities. The Cleveland native made a surprising choice: to move to Hawaii to serve as campus minister at St. Anthony School, a Marianist school on Maui. Since then, the Lay Marianist has served at two more Marianist high schools, and earned a master’s degree from Chaminade University of Honolulu. (Marianist, of course.) Mallory’s Marianist journey is not particularly unusual. There’s no official count, but school admin- istrators acknowledge there are many teachers who have moved within the Marianist educational network of 19 schools. Like Mallory, they fell in love with the unique spirit of a Marianist school where a family-like atmosphere and educational philosophy make them proud to proclaim, “I am a Marianist educator.” The mission becomes meaningful “I couldn’t see myself working anywhere other than a Marianist school,” says Luis Guerra, dean of students at Chaminade College Preparatory in metro Los Angeles. A Texas native, Luis first encountered the Marianist charism as a teenager at a Marianist LIFE (Living in Faith Experience) summer program in 2000. “The seeds were planted at that time,” he says. Mallory Green has worked in campus ministry at three Marianist- sponsored schools. “I PHOTO: MIKE BIZELLI