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Enter To Learn, Leave To Serve: How A CB Alumna Passionately Serves The Sacramento Community

The motto “enter to learn, leave to serve” can be seen on the front of Christian Brothers High School and is incorporated in many classroom lessons. CB alumna Alexandra Lloyd ‘15 embodies this motto that CB has pridefully exhorted for many years. Alexandra has been serving the Sacramento community since 2019 as a Resident Service […]

The motto “enter to learn, leave to serve” can be seen on the front of Christian Brothers High School and is incorporated in many classroom lessons. CB alumna Alexandra Lloyd ‘15 embodies this motto that CB has pridefully exhorted for many years.

Alexandra has been serving the Sacramento community since 2019 as a Resident Service Coordinator for the non-profit organization Housing on Merit. Alexandra connects members of Housing on Merit to resources they may specifically need in regards to housing or living. Another aspect of her job is tutoring children of all ages, a passion she discovered during her time at CB.

During her four years at Christian Brothers, Alexandra explicitly remembers developing a passion for teaching in Mrs. Maureen Wanket’s AP Language & Composition class and Mr. Dave Anderson ‘07’s Writing for Publication course.

“Them knowing me made me know myself better,” Alexandra described of her relationship with Mrs. Wanket and Mr. Anderson. The former Falcon shared that Mrs. Wanket’s AP Lang class was one of the most motivating courses during her time at CB.

“[Mrs. Wanket’s class was] where I was most pushed, inspired, and taught to examine myself in a full and organic way.”

Alexandra mentioned that she felt lost during her high school career but the connection she felt with Mrs. Wanket’s way of instruction in Room 207 sparked Alexandra’s love for teaching and helping others.

“A lot of what that class was revolved around was understanding things thematically, but also she was so good at parting a message of social justice, and there was always that feeling that I was validated in how I felt,” says the CB alumna.

Another class where Alexandra felt vastly encouraged and validated in was her Writing for Publication class taught by Mr. Anderson.

“My senior year was a really isolating and confusing time, but Mr. Anderson really did feel like a friend in the sense that he would always introduce me to new music and respect me and my abilities.”

Throughout Mr. Anderson’s Writing for Publication class, “he gave me a glimpse into a world in which I knew I could thrive in like writing, journalism, and exploring important ideas”. Alexandra’s curiosity for social justice and writing were supported in Mr. Anderson’s classroom, pushing her to serve the Sacramento community.

Alexandra not only saw Mr. Anderson’s class as an opportunity to express new thoughts and ideas, but also for her to also discover herself in many ways.

“I made myself think I couldn’t really write things and put out articles that weren’t really important in some way or politically saying something, but I felt like he really nurtured and encouraged that.”

At Christian Brothers, Alexandra continuously had a desire to learn whilst also being an advocate for social justice, especially in the classroom.

“She was a student that brought her A game,” Mrs. Wanket recalls. “She was a great listener, she was a student that listened to others, she asked questions, she was a critical thinker.”

“She was the model student that you want in a class — someone who is very curious, works really hard, someone who is empathetic, someone who really takes advantages of all the opportunities and resources that are afforded to them,” Mr. Anderson reflected. “Those are the type of students you really dream about having.”

Alexandra shares that Christian Brothers genuinely helped her discover her future as not only an educator, but as a social justice advocate.

“I talked to so many teachers about wanting to be a teacher in some way, and though I’m not a formal teacher right now, I do feel in some way that I’m definitely an educator, and that if I hadn’t had the quality of teachers and curriculum, and the social justice advocacy they impart on you, I definitely would not have been open to this kind of job.”

During her memorable and exciting years at CB, Alexandra was encouraged and taught to serve her community through her individualistic gifts. Now, as a Christian Brothers graduate, Alexandra shares her love and passion for teaching and social justice advocacy everyday at Housing on Merit.

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