Welcoming Mr. Frank!
February 4, 2019
This year, Mercy High School welcomed math teacher, Mr. Jonathan Frank. So far, he loves the “school spirit at Mercy and the sense of school unity.” Mr. Frank graduated with a B.A. in mathematics from Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. He previously taught at the Washington English School, an ESL tutoring program in Suwon, South Korea, in 2009, Alexandria Academy, a classical private school in Alexandria, Virginia, in the spring of 2011, and the Kirov Academy of Ballet, a pre-professional training and boarding school for dancers in grades 7-12 in Washington, DC.
Last summer, Mr. Frank took a weekend trip to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia, which he thoroughly enjoyed. The VMFA offers a diverse collection of art from around the world. Each exhibition creates a unique perspective using different art mediums that represent a specific culture. At the “Krishna: The Blue-Skinned Lord” exhibit, viewers experience the stories of the Hindu diety, Krishna, through paintings with ink and watercolor on paper. In the “Fabergé and Russian Decorative Arts” exhibit, viewers are treated to the works of Karl Fabergé, a jeweler who’s creations attracted the attention of the Russian Imperial Court. The VMFA holds the second largest collection (next to Russia) of Fabergé objects in the world.
After the Bible, Mr. Frank is inspired by the book The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. It introduced him to the fantasy genre which led to his interest in science fiction. Tolkien’s understanding of moral conflicts and decisions profoundly influence the work as a whole. Written in 1937, The Lord of the Rings tells the triumphant story of a small Hobbit who is given the seemingly impossible task of destroying the darkest, most powerful object in the universe – the Ring. Tolkien’s epic trilogy shows that fellowship, courage, and hope are far more powerful than any darkness one might encounter.
Mr. Frank’s favorite song at the moment is “Walk of Life” by Dire Straits.
So far, Mr. Frank thoroughly enjoys his time here with Mercy. He is truly inspired by “the school spirit at Mercy and the sense of school unity.” Mr. Frank appreciates the traditions Mercy has like Field Day to build that special bond among each class. Most of all, it is the sense of community Mercy has that makes his experience here more than magical.