St. John’s School celebrates Mr. Pearson Day

After 27 years of service to the St. John’s School community, Mr. Tom Pearson will be retiring at the end of the school year. He is the Middle & Upper School Math Department Chair and Environmental/Recycling Club Advisor. Mr. Pearson initially came to St. John’s School in 1994 on a one-year contract and has been teaching in the school since then.

To his surprise, St. John’s celebrated “Mr. Pearson Day” on May 12, commemorating the longtime math teacher. He was awarded a plaque honoring his 27 years of teaching excellence. Faculty, staff, and middle/upper school students sported outfits with reggae colors – red, yellow, green – paying tribute to his favorite colors. A drop box and a bulletin board were made available for those who would like to drop a note of appreciation or write a message to the reggae-loving teacher. Additionally, a “Pearson Through the Years” poster was hung up in the upper school building for passersby to see.

The St. John’s community will greatly miss you! May you have a relaxing retirement filled with fun and happiness.

Read below for Mr. Pearson’s experiences working at St. John’s School.

Where were you born and raised?

  • Detroit, Michigan

How long have you been working at St. John’s School?

  • 27 years

And what is your position?

  • Math Dept Chair/teacher

What motivated you to become a teacher at SJS?

  • I wanted a position teaching IB Math since I had already done many years teaching the British O and A Levels, and AP Calculus at previous schools.

You started teaching at St. John’s over 27 years ago. What has changed since then?

  • Some classrooms no longer exist due to typhoons. The Lower School was added. AP classes were added.

Aside from teaching, what other activities are you involved in?

  • Recycling, DJing at Guam’s Public Radio station, and tutoring.

What is it about your job that you love the most?

  • The kids!

How would you describe your teaching style?

  • Old school

What is unique about yourself – something that shapes the learning experience for your students?

  • I’m a bit of an eccentric in style, both clothing and teaching.

What are your fondest memories working at St. John’s School?

  • Again, the kids! And today’s special Mr. Pearson Day.

What do you want students to gain from having known you?

  • No matter how hard something is, don’t give up! If you don’t know what to do, do something! And NEVER divide by 0.

Relocating? Retiring? What are your plans for the future?

  • I plan to stay on Guam for one more year, subbing and tutoring while I downsize my belongings, have the necessary surgery for kidney cancer, and downsize my belongings. Then I hope to move to Albuquerque, New Mexico to live with my sister and go to lots of Reggae concerts!

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