Science of becoming essential

Marc Boudreaux '17, Staff Writer

“I would describe myself as a fun-loving, kinda quirky, outdoorsy, crafty, slightly adventuresome gal,” said Mrs. Amy Becker, one of the new faculty members to join the Jesuit High School family this school year.

Amy Becker was born in Knoxville, TN, but soon moved to Kansas City, MO, where she would spend most of her childhood. For high school, she attended St. Teresa’s Academy, the oldest school in Kansas City, and absolutely loved it.

During her time in school, Mrs. Becker was highly involved: swimming, National Honor Society, the math and science teams, the yearbook, and the school magazine. Her favorite classes were math and science, especially AP Chemistry, which she loved so much that even doing homework was fun.

After high school, Mrs. Becker decided to attend the University of Notre Dame, where she majored in chemistry and minored in Peace Studies. She loved the school for it’s strong community, and spent her time there enjoying home football games, sailing with her friends on the sailing team, and working in the Center of Social Concerns trying to impact change. Mrs. Becker even met her husband at Notre Dame, having him as a lab partner her Senior year.

After attending graduate school at the University of Missouri, Mrs. Becker started her first job teaching physics and chemistry at a college preparatory high school in Chicago. She later moved to Eugene, OR, where she taught more science at a Catholic school.

Mrs. Becker recently moved to Sacramento because her husband found a job locally, and chose to come to Jesuit because she has always been attracted to the Jesuit education philosophy. She has already done her best to get involved in the Jesuit community, participating where she can.

“I have loved my experience at Jesuit so far… I’ve tried to jump in and have the full Jesuit experience as best I can,” Mrs. Becker said. “I’m a moderator of a few clubs, been on Kairos already, and am leading an immersion this summer. I look forward to seeing what this next chapter of adventure has in store for me and finding my favorite places in Sacramento.”