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J. Tyler Hobbs, M. Ed.

A southern California native, I first came to Spokane as an undergraduate student at Gonzaga University.
I fell immediately in love with Jesuit education and the Ignatian values that form it. I studied sociology, English and Women’s and Gender Studies. After graduating, I was accepted as a colleague to the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship and joined Loyola Marymount University’s Partners in Los Angeles Catholic Education (PLACE) Corps program. Through PLACE, I lived in inner city Los Angeles and taught English and US History at an at-risk high school.
What drew you to Gonzaga Prep?
I earned my Master of Arts in Secondary Education from LMU, after which I returned to Gonzaga University to serve as the university’s Coordinator for Student Involvement. My work in student programming and my love for secondary education led me back to Prep, where I now act as the Director of Christian Service.
How have your first few weeks been?
The first few weeks have been exhilarating, refreshing, inspiring, and challenging. I am in awe of our students and the maturity with which they approach the work of Christian service. Through service we are all challenged to rethink narratives, to consciously consider our place in cycles of liberation and oppression, and to regain a humble compassion for those we walk beside. That work is not easy and can be overwhelming and difficult, but our students welcome it with a grace and compassionate understanding that honestly took me by surprise. 
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