Inspirational Feature By J1 Reporters Morgan Hobbs and Ana Hingorani
It’s Tuesday morning and you stumble into homeroom, throw your stuff down, and wonder just how long this day is going to last. The announcements start, and your homeroom teacher hushes your class to make sure everyone is listening. That’s when you hear a familiar voice come over the intercom and promptly begin rapping. That would be the voice of Mr. Andrew DeLeonardis, one of Marian’s theology teachers and campus ministers who impacts students each and every day with his positive outlook on life.
DeLeonardis said he thinks an inspiring individual ought to, “challenge others. They might make them feel a little uncomfortable by forcing them out of their comfort zone, but they push them in a respectful way that helps people grow. They’re positive, creative, innovative, they see the joy in life, and they are willing to create new things and take risks.”
Coincidentally, many of the students at Marian think DeLeonardis losses most, if not all of these qualities. “He always looks happy whenever I see him. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him without a smile on his face and a spring in his step,” junior Rachel Weremy said.
DeLeonardis said he loves to teach theology because, “The discussion and the openness of theology allows for great discussions. Campus Ministry is also great because I get to see students living out and growing in their faith every single day…In Campus Ministry, we are encouraging students to live out their faith by serving those in need in our community.”
Mr. DeLeonardis says, “My favorite thing about Marian is the energy of the students, how involved all of you are. There’s a pulse here, and it amazes me in the classroom how I can give students guidelines for a project and get something back that totally exceeds any expectations that I had. Another big one is Field Day demo. It’s crazy how ideas can be translated from paper to the real deal on Field Day.” It’s DeLeonardis’s third year at Marian, and he has no intention of leaving anytime soon.