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Mr. Havey’s Steps For Teacher Success

Mr. Paul Havey ’81. That’s it. He doesn’t need anymore of an introduction. Mr. Havey is one of Christian Brothers most devoted religion teachers of all time due to the fact that he cares about his students and strives to see them succeed. He can be found in room 201 or at the Sacramento Food […]


Mr. Paul Havey ’81.

That’s it.

He doesn’t need anymore of an introduction. Mr. Havey is one of Christian Brothers most devoted religion teachers of all time due to the fact that he cares about his students and strives to see them succeed. He can be found in room 201 or at the Sacramento Food Bank, Oak Park Cleanup, and various other volunteer events, granting his time for the greater good. Not only does he try to do his part for the community and people in need, but he also encourages his students to do the same.

Throughout his 23 years working at CB, he has become a pinnacle part of the student experience with every student who has him lucky to have his class and those who don’t wishing they did. To get some further insight on how Mr. Havey became the esteemed Mr. Havey, Talon sat down with the legend himself.

Automatically he welcomed me in with a “hello, brother” greeting, one that sets Mr. Havey apart from other teachers. If you ask anybody about Mr. Havey, they’ll be sure to mention this. So, naturally I had to ask; why brother?

“There’s one God, you know. We’re all brothers and sisters in Christ,” he says. “So, I use ‘brother’ as a reminder of that.”

Another key part about him is how his students automatically view him more as a friend then as a teacher. His approach to teaching and the way that he connects with students, he says, stems from some of the teachers he has had himself.

“I think about the teachers I’ve had in college and high school and I try to emulate some of those qualities. I’ve changed over the years in different ways according to what the environment is and kind of where I am at as a person.”

He does admit though that with the added obstacle of technology, he has definitely had to get more comfortable around the idea of it and the new set of difficulties it brings to teaching.

“The technology part, getting iPads and getting all the software that we have to use now has definitely expanded my brain by trying to figure it all out,” the religion teacher explained. “But it’s also changed teaching, I taught a lot differently before then how I do now because of that access to computers.”

He now has his way of monitoring his students on the iPads using Apple Classroom that he says seems to be effective.

“I utilize it but I also have to police [my students] on it at the same time, which is a struggle for me.”

Mr. Havey takes his teaching expertise outside of the classroom and inspires his students outside of the classroom as well. One way he does that is by attending Kairos, which is a senior class retreat. He didn’t give too much away about Kairos, but he was happy to share what his involvement in the retreat is and how long he’s been participating in it.

An example of the family dynamic in Mr. Havey’s Kairos group.

“I usually go every year — I do two Tahoe ones and then one during the spring semester. I’ve been going to Kairos since ‘03, the very first one, K1G1. It was a beautiful experience and ever since I’ve been hooked.”

One thing he strives to do with his Kairos group is try and get them together for lunches as much as possible to continue the relationship that was developed during the trip. These lunch meetings help him to further connect with his students and get them to open up about whatever may be troubling them.

“I found that you only get in a relationship what you’re willing to put in,” he says. “Since they trusted me enough to open up in Kairos, the least I can do for them is to continue to be available for them when they need it.”

Mr. Havey’s goals for his future years in teaching are simple — he wants to continue to inspire his students and hopefully leave a lasting and positive impression with them.

“My goal for teaching is to finish the last six to eight years and just continuing to reach out to kids, do my service and do my outreaches. Continue to Kairos stuff as well. Continue what I’m doing it seems to work.”

As a previous student of Havey myself, his method of teaching definitely worked. The way he cares about his students and makes them feel as if they’re the most important thing in that very moment when he talks to them is what makes Mr. Havey such a great teacher. As he continues to teach and spread his positive disposition in his profession, there’s no doubt in my mind that he’s headed for greatness.

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