Artists in Residence Hosts Children’s Book Illustrator

J.H. Everett with Author Isabel J at a book signing for Izzy and the Candy Palace

JSerra’s Artists in Residence program hosts children’s book illustrator J.H. Everett, to speak on his latest endeavor,  Izzy and the Candy Palace. The speakers series will be hosted in the JSerra Center room at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8

Copies of the book will be available for sale and all of the proceeds will be donated to the Kid’s Cafe Program of Second Harvest.

Biography J.H. Everett

J.H. Everett is a visual storyteller, writer, and creativity expert. He holds a Ph.D in Early Modern European and World History from the University of California, Irvine.

Though he is now known for his work in children’s books, he has worked as a professional musician, composer, playwright, theater director, artist, teacher, and actor. He has created work for companies such as Christy Ottaviano/ Henry Holt Publishing, Scholastic Books, The Jim Henson Company, the MMJ Foundation, and the Los Angeles Times. He has taught students from preschool through the college level.

J.H. Everett is co-creator, with Marilyn Scott-Waters, of the illustrated middle grade nonfiction series, Haunted Histories. (Christy Ottaviano/Henry Holt Books). Everett has created concept illustrations for the Jim Henson Company, as well as concept covers for Scholastic. His illustrations have been featured in the Los Angeles Times. You can visit him at


JSerra Catholic High School Names Dr. John Freeh Principal

Feb. 6, 2012 – (San Juan Capistrano, CA) – JSerra Catholic High School today announced that it has hired Dr. John Freeh as its new principal.

Dr. Freeh, who holds a doctorate in English Renaissance Literature from Oxford University, will take the helm of the 1,050-student school in July.

Dr. Freeh

“We are delighted to have an academic and spiritual leader with Dr. Freeh’s extraordinary experience and background leading our faculty and students into the future,” said Tim Busch, the school’s Chairman and Co-Founder. “JSerra has been blessed with both internal and external candidates for its expanding administration fed by the growth of its enrollment, and its innovative magnet programs and on-line curriculum. We now have two brilliant Ph.Ds serving as our rector and principal. God is good.”

Freeh, whose brother, Louis, is the former director of the FBI, joins the school’s new Rector, Rev. Robert Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D, as the newest administrative team members with significant university leadership experience. Spitzer is the former president of Gonzaga University, and the founder of the Magis Institute.

Freeh’s resume includes teaching and leadership roles at Gonzaga, Hillsdale College in Michigan and Wyoming Catholic College; he was Director of University Ministry at Gonzaga and directed Hillsdale’s RCIA program for students preparing to enter the Catholic Church. Freeh also holds master’s degrees from Georgetown (English and political philosophy) and Northwestern (journalism). Early in his career, Freeh taught elementary school in Washington D.C., and worked as a journalist at the Cleveland Plain Dealer and The Associated Press. He has taught English Literature at Oxford University and Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Freeh’s wife, Helen, an English teacher and professor, also holds a doctorate in English, from Baylor University. The couple are expecting their first child in May. The Freehs enjoy camping, hiking and racquetball. In fact, his first visit to JSerra in January was part of a 4,100-mile road trip during which the Freehs camped at several national parks.

“I find that the school’s founding principles and vision, along with its fidelity to the same, strike in me a deeply responsive chord,” Freeh said. “Such principles and vision, accompanied by a clear willingness to put them into practice, make me eager to be part of the noble vision that is JSerra.”

Vice Principal of Administration Eric Stroupe will serve as acting principal through July.

Fr. Spitzer

The school is conducting a nationwide search for a new President/CEO to replace Frank Talarico, who accepted a the top job with Goodwill of Orange County, which is Orange County’s largest nonprofit organization with an annual budget exceeding $87 million annually.

“I will always treasure my time at JSerra. Leaving the tight-knit community of faculty, staff, students and families won’t be easy, but they are in very capable hands,” he said.

About JSerra Catholic High School
Just nine years old, JSerra Catholic High School has grown into one of the region’s top university preparatory institutions. Its graduates include National Merit Scholarship winners, Ivy League university students, Division I collegiate athletes and young adults committed to being a positive force in their communities. Located in San Juan Capistrano, the school features $110-million facilities, including a state-of-the-art $40 million athletic complex. For more, visit

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