Meet Mr. Santos

  • Name: J.C. Santos
  • Nicknames: Sifu Santos, Mr. Santa
  • Teaches: Juan Diego Project (culminating), Literature, Language Arts, Public Speaking, Spellig, Social Studies, Technology, Old Testament, Church History, Morality, and irony… See what I did there? Hey yo!!!
  • Extra Curricular: Video production, photography, creative writing, yearbook, talent show, 8th grade musical, Starry Crown (my OLG band).
  • Hobbies: Eating at restaurants with family/friends, basketball, novel writing, singing, singing at church, hiking, song-writing, acupuncture, traveling – especially to the ocean and mountains.
  • Years experience: 13+
  • Other teaching experience: Shorewood High School
  • Education: BA in Journalism, BA in Humanities, Master in Teaching (secondary English endorsement), all from Seattle University. O’Dea High School graduate. St. Benedict School graduate.
  • Favorite worldly travels: Japan, New Zealand’s North Island, Nicaragua, Roma, Venezia, Lourdes, Bruges, Koln, Barcelona, and Hawaii.
  • Super power I’d like most: Line of sight teleportation (powers need to have limits).
  • Favorite movies: Lord of the Rings; Independence Day; The Princess Bride, Spiderman Homecoming, Black Panther.
  • Favorite musician/music: Sade, jazz, Hawaiian reggae, R&B/soul, folk, new age piano, bluegrass, classical, conscious hip hop of the late 90s and early 2000s, and songs in minor key.
  • Favorite Sports Team: SeaaaHawwwwwks! Supersonics and Mariners. Sorry Sounders, I don’t like to watch soccer.
  • Favorite restaurants: Hmmm… Okay, here’s five in no particular order: Mediterranean Kitchen in Bellevue (for the best meal I’ve ever had, Dajaj Mishwi, and outstanding service), Gordito’s (for the biggest, bestest burritos a ten dollar bill can buy), Harbor City (solid dim sum, huge shumai), Din Tai Fung! (Soup dumplings!!! Shout out to the class of 2015!), Dick’s drive-thru (quintessential Seattle native food… Deluxe, fries and a shake!), and lastly Ivar’s (childhood favorite).
  • Thoughts on OLG: Coming upon my lucky 13th year at Our Lady of Guadalupe School, I never thought I’d be here for so long. For over a third of my life. But there’s no place I’d rather be. The kids I teach are inspiring, their families supportive, the view from my classroom breathtaking, and the four-minute commute glorious. The Juan Diego Project is the heart of why I teach – so that young people can make a difference in the world today, not just in their futures. The last 12 years have tested me, inspired me, and rebuilt me time and time again. I’m looking forward to Year 13.