9:00 am - 11:00 am
Join Fr. Robert Spitzer and the Sophia Institute team in exploring the true meaning of happiness, and the most effective process for transforming your school into a servant leadership model. This program emphasizes that the highest level of happiness is that which is acquired through the service to others — and ultimately to God.
This event is a virtual event that will take place via Zoom. In order to regist click here.
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Engaging sessions by a catechetical scholar provide background knowledge so you can confidently engage students with our Faith.
You'll explore your vocation as a teacher, coming to see your calling as a witness to Christ in the classroom.
A veteran teacher follows each scholarly presentation with research-based teaching strategies, giving you immediate ways to apply this knowledge in the classroom.
Receive a free, classroom-tested teacher's guide featuring 10-12 lessons with classroom activities and sacred art.
Fr. Spitzer is currently the President of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith (www.magiscenter.com) and the Spitzer Center (www.spitzercenter.org). The Magis Center produces documentaries, books, high school programs, college courses, adult-education programs, and social media materials to show the close connection between faith and reason in contemporary physics, philosophy, and historical study of the New Testament. Fr. Spitzer was President of Gonzaga University from 1998 to 2009. While president, he significantly increased the programs and curricula in faith, ethics, service, and leadership, and led the efforts to build 20 new facilities, increased the student population by 75%, and raised more than $200 million for scholarships and capital projects. He has made many TV appearances including: Larry King Live (debating Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow), the Today Show (debating on the topic of active euthanasia), The History Channel in “God and The Universe,” a multiple part PBS series “Closer to the Truth,” and the Hugh Hewitt Show. He currently appears weekly on EWTN in “Father Spitzer’s Universe“.
Jose Gonzalez joined the team at Sophia Institute for Teachers in 2014 after more than 10 years as a Catholic high school teacher. In addition to teaching, Jose has experience working in parish and diocesan ministry. Jose has been leading Workshops in over 60 dioceses for more than 8 years, and contributes regularly to our teacher's guides and digital instructional resources. He has a BA in theology with a concentration in religious education from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and an MA in evangelization and catechesis from the Augustine Institute. Jose and his wife, Mary Beth, have four children.
James Melone currently serves as the Head of School for Saint Patrick Academy, an independent Catholic school serving PreK-3 through 8th grade students in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. James has dedicated 17 years to Catholic education and is a product of Catholic education himself. James grew up in Massachusetts and attended Saint Anselm College as an undergraduate. He earned his Master's in Education from the University of Notre Dame and his doctoral degree from Creighton University. Prior to starting at Saint Patrick Academy, James worked as a teacher and administrator at Catholic schools in California and Texas. James is married with four children and enjoys spending time with his family and taking advantage of all that New Hampshire has to offer.