SPEAKERS

October 9, 2018: Jim Pecchenino

October 9, 2018: Jim Pecchenino
President, Central Catholic High School

I am proud to say I am a true Californian, born and raised in the Central Valley. After graduating from Central Catholic High School and Modesto Junior College, I earned a BA in Fine Arts after transferring to the University of the Pacific. From there I entered California State University Stanislaus where I earned my MA in Art Education as well as my life credentials in secondary fine arts and administrative services.

While attending the University of the Pacific I completed my student teaching at Amos Alonzo Stagg High in Stockton California. I found the students excited, engaged and starving for direction, discipline and the creative spirit of my class. It was then that I decided this had to be my vocation. The next year I landed a part time job as the art teacher at CCHS. During my third year of teaching I entered an administrative credential program. Here now, some 42 years later, I find myself as president. I am humbled, honored and blessed to be in this position. I love the students, our staff, the parents and the CC community. This is why I juggle teaching art, coaching golf and moderating the Interact Club while leading our school as President.

If the truth be told, upon graduating from CCHS in 1972 – I had no intention of returning as a staff member. I loved my experience as a student – but it was time to move on. Today I realize it is truly a calling and a ministry to serve our students. This calling coupled with the purpose of our school draws me back every year. I believe students today are “starving for leadership” and I believe we have a chance to offer that leadership in a family environment that truly honors the individual – hence our mission is to witness to the Gospel while building an educational community that inspires the spiritual, academic and social development of young adults. As president of Central Catholic, it has been a pleasure to lead the vision, campaign and build out of the Mark Gallo Health and Fitness Center – truly a unique facility in secondary education. Students, staff, families and the community at large will enjoy its beauty and support for many years to come.

Today the core values of Central Catholic High School include Faith, Academic Rigor, Family, Community and Integrity. They rest on the foundation of our Mission – to witness to the Gospel while building an educational community that inspires the spiritual, academic and social development of young adults. I look forward to sharing my story with you on Tuesday.

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