The school is adding a valuable new face to the community. Mr. Jonathan Bacon is hoping to be enthusiastic in the classroom and on the field while building meaningful relationships with students and faculty.
Mr. Bacon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering at Geneva College, a Master of Arts degree in teaching at Chatham University, and a Master of Arts degree in Urban Studies at Eastern University. After he finished his degree at Eastern, he felt a yearning to teach.
“That was the first time I’d been out of an academic institution and really missed it—getting to meet new people and engage with them in new ideas, and just learning together,” Mr. Bacon said.
After realizing his desire to teach, Mr. Bacon launched his career in education.
“I talked to a former professor of mine and said, ‘Hey, what would you think about co-teaching a class with me?’ That kind of started my teaching journey, and it’s been a passion of mine ever since,” Mr. Bacon said.
“I love the times when students make breakthroughs and discover more about the world or about themselves.”Mr. Jonathan Bacon
Mr. Bacon taught at the college level for three years before transitioning to middle school and high school. For the past five years, he has been teaching science and math in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. To him, watching students learn and evolve is the most rewarding aspect of the job.
“I love the times when students make breakthroughs and discover more about the world or about themselves,” Mr. Bacon said.
Mr. Bacon hopes to help students make these discoveries every day, and he feels that the environment here allows for a strong educational experience.
“At Haverford, what appealed to me was the sense of community from everybody that I interacted with,” Mr. Bacon said. “The exchanging of ideas, working together, and the overall rigor of the school—it just seemed like a really great experience for students each year, and for the faculty to be a part of it.”
“You can relate it [physics] to life really easily, and you can see examples of what you’re studying in the class as you’re traveling home or riding your bike, swimming , or doing a sports practice.”Mr. Jonathan Bacon
This year, Mr. Bacon will teach four sections of physics. In the future, he plans to add a mathematics class into his course load, but at the moment he is fully focused on the class that he feels is the most relatable to daily life.
“I really like physics because it’s hands-on, and in my opinion it’s one of the most approachable of the sciences,” Mr. Bacon said. “You can relate it to life really easily, and you can see examples of what you’re studying in the class as you’re traveling home or riding your bike, swimming or doing a sports practice. You can see physics everywhere in your daily life.”
Mr. Bacon’s passion for physics should make for an enjoyable course this year. Additionally, Mr. Bacon will coach in the baseball program, a process that he is eager to begin.
“I’ve really been a fan of baseball since before I can remember, just playing catch with my dad and my brothers and following the Red Sox, the Phillies, and the Pirates. Baseball’s definitely one of my favorite sports, but I don’t have a lot of experience playing or coaching it, so it’ll be a fun new challenge for me,” Mr. Bacon said.
In both the physics classroom and on the baseball field, Mr. Bacon will be heavily involved in the development of students and athletes. However, the little moments with members of the school are what he is looking forward to the most.
“Last year, I was completely online,” Mr. Bacon said. “Interacting with students—I really miss that. So I’m really looking forward to being back in-person with the students through advisory, through baseball, through class, and just interacting with them on the day-to-day.”