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Over 90% of our graduates complete high school within four years, in a city with an on-time high school graduation rate that hovers around 65%.

Alumni Return to Gesu as Professionals

Gesu alumni have returned to their alma mater's teaching team, administration, and counseling department to share their wisdom and experience. Our community is blessed to have these role models and advocates. Alumni on staff for the 2021-2022 academic year are:

Elnora Cutler ’07, 6th Grade Girls Teacher

Rakirah Fisher ’11, 5th Grade Girls Teacher

Bria Hawkins ’09, Art Teacher

Jonathan Jackson ’99, Lead Counselor

Dontae Leaf ’06, Dean of Students


(Below) Dean of Students Dontae Leaf '06 plans for the new academic year and his role on Gesu's administration collaborating with families, teachers, and students. Mr. Leaf volunteered at Gesu as a coach and on our maintenance team during his time in college at Drexel University. We welcome him to this leadership role. 

Art Teacher Bria Hawkins '09 has served at Gesu since 2019. She continued to share her ingenuity during hybrid and remote learning, nurturing students' creativity and ensuring they had an outlet for artistic expression. To engage 2nd graders, she read Parker Looks Up by Jessica Curry Morton. The class discussed First Lady Michelle Obama’s contributions, along with the elements of her portrait, and then drew their own self-portraits. 

Since 2015, Lead Counselor Jonathan Jackson '99 has served at Gesu. He is now a Gesu parent, too. Mr. Jackson has expanded the counseling program, particularly during remote learning, and continues to forge deep connections with families, students, and staff. He was honored with the 2020 James F. Higgins '45 Distinguished Alumni Award. Below, Mr. Jackson welcomes students as they begin their day in 2019.

Rakirah Fisher '11 began teaching middle school at Gesu during remote and hybrid learning in 2020. She guided her students through this challenging time with her adaptability, enthusiasm, and leadership. This year, she is teaching 5th grade girls, inspiring them to be fearless leaders.  

Elnora Cutler '07 has shared her time and talent with Gesu over many years in our front office and as a substitute teacher. This year, Gesu welcomes her back as our 6th Grade Girls Teacher and an inspiring role model. 

(Left to right): Teachers Rakirah Fisher '11, Bria Hawkins '09, and Elnora Cutler '07 reconnect during professional development days.

Gesu thanks all of our teachers and staff for their tireless dedication as we launched this new academic year!