Meet our new faculty – Mr. Kevin Newell

September 7, 2011 8:01 am Published by Leave your thoughts DSC_0155

I am very excited to start my career at St. Augustine Prep this coming school year. I am originally from the Cherry Hill area, attending twelve years of Catholic School and graduating from Bishop Eustace Prep (I know! But I’m a Hermit now!). After enlisting in the Army at the age of 19 I was lucky enough to get into the United States Military Academy at West Point. I graduated from West Point in 2000 with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and entered military service as an officer in the Infantry. I spent eight great years in the Army, working with wonderful young men and women, and deployed twice to both Kuwait and Iraq in support Operation Iraqi Freedom. I completed my obligation to the Army and moved into civilian life looking for a new challenge.

After spending two years in business working for a security firm I realized that my heart and true passion was in education and I moved back to the area to start my Master’s degree at Rutgers University. I’ve just completed my Master’s in English Literature and am really excited to be a part of the St. Augustine Community.

My goal teaching Junior’s World Literature is to not only improve their reading, writing, and analytical skills but to also help prepare the young men for their future as they are on the cusp of setting off on their own. One of the major themes of the course will be the notion of the “self”; the majority of the texts we read will deal with characters that experience some sort of maturation or emotional struggle versus society and themselves. There are, of course, other focal points for the class: we will read texts for both literal and inferential comprehension and we will explore some of the important themes and “essential questions” that permeate literature and can be directly applied to our everyday lives. I am very excited to get the school year started and meet all the wonderful young men of the Prep!

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