JSerra hosts Surviving and Thriving in High School Night with college guidance mentor Debbie Morgan

*A Press Release from JSerra Catholic High School

JSerra Catholic High School is offering the Orange County community a free opportunity to have their questions answered about when to start looking into colleges for their children.

College guidance mentor Debbie Morgan will moderate a workshop called “Surviving and Thriving in High School.” The event is scheduled for Aug. 25 at the JSerra Pavilion at JSerra Catholic High School. It begins at 6:30 p.m.

“It is never too early to begin the process of thoughtful preparation – academically and personally,” Morgan said. “It is becoming more imperative for students with the hope, dream and goal of one day attending college to become well acquainted with what will be expected of them.”

“Debbie offers important tips on how to prepare for the future during these uncertain times. We hope parents take advantage of this one-time opportunity to hear from one of the region’s foremost education experts,” said Frank Talarico, JSerra President.

While the presentation is geared toward families with middle school and high school-age students, it offers information of value to all parents looking for tips about how to improve their children’s educational opportunities, Morgan said.

Morgan’s professional background includes serving as Capistrano Unified School District’s director of college guidance services from 1998 to 2007. She has an English degree from the University of Southern California.

About JSerra Catholic High School

Just eight years old, JSerra Catholic High School is quickly becoming one of the region’s top university preparatory institutions. Its graduates include National Merit Scholarship winners, Ivy League university students and Division I collegiate athletes. Located in San Juan Capistrano, the school features $110-million facilities, including a state-of-the-art $40 million athletic complex. For more, visit www.jserra.org.

Steve Nieto Brings JSerra Freshman Together

Steve Nieto posing for his high school football team photo

Football Coach, teacher and mentor Steve Nieto brings the JSerra community together, through the freshman success class. Giving each JSerra freshman the tools they need to succeed in high school to tips and tricks on the football field. JSerra Blog met up with Neito on the field to talk about his journey from high school to high school teacher.

How many years have you been teaching at JSerra?

I have been teaching for 13 years and the 2011-2012 school year will be my fifth year teaching at JSerra.

What subjects do you teach?

Freshmen success, health, psychology, history of sports, I also taught world history here at JSerra.

What is your favorite topic to cover during the year?

E-mail etiquette in freshman success, Teeth in health, Freud in psychology, Lombardi in history of sports and Vietnam in world history.

Were you involved in any clubs in high school or college?

None, I worked full-time and coached football all throughout college.

What do you hope to accomplish before you retire?

Don’t plan on retiring.

What was your first job?

El Pollo Loco for 15 minutes, I walked out when I was being forced to wear a cowboy hat.

What was your favorite high school memory?

Football games & leaving campus for lunch.

What was your childhood dream job? Pilot

If you could live in any time period other than now, what would it be?

In the 2011-2012 school year as a Freshmen

Who or what was your inspiration that drove you to become a teacher?

My bad teachers in school, my good coaches in school, and my great youth football players that I coached out of high school.


Food: Pasta

TV Show: Office & Curb your Enthusiasm

Animal: Alligator

Sports team: JSerra Lions

Color: Black & Red

Vacation spot: Any beach with the family

Sports team college/Pro: Cowboys & Raiders, Lakers, USC & FSU

 Author: John Wooden

Band growing up: Bob Marley, Metallica, NWA, Wolfgang, name it I liked it.

Celebrity crush: Farrah Fawcett

Fun Facts & Random Acts

I started coaching football right out of high school and at 17 years old I was made a head coach. In fact, I was the youngest head coach in youth football history and when we made the playoffs I was asked to not disclose this information because of the fact that you had to be an adult of 18 years old to be in the head coach position. This will also be my 21st year in coaching.