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June 7, 2022

‘’You too can perform miracles by touching the hearts of the children confided to your care.’’-St John Baptist de La Salle

These words of our founder inspire me to do this work of Lasallian education each and every day.  I am grateful for having personally benefited from this mission as a high school student. For the past few months, I have had the opportunity to admire the remarkable care and dedication of the teachers at Justin-Siena. They not only go the extra mile to help the students entrusted to their care, they also encourage them academically, spiritually, and socially. 

I am quickly learning that part of my new position as president is learning from parents. I was delighted last week when a father described Mrs. Lauren Hesser’s presentation of choir students at the Arts Awards Ceremony, observing that she saw each of her seniors as a unique individual, describing their special talents and accomplishments. This father was deeply touched and noted that there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. 

For some, the end of the year means the stress of finals and a need for shared camaraderie.  For many seniors, it is the realization that graduation is equal parts excitement for college and nervousness of leaving friends. The team at Justin-Siena takes their roles as educators, coaches, counselors, cooks, bus drivers, maintenance workers, support staff, and administrators seriously. This is a village of caring people who hold an important role in touching the hearts of the young people entrusted to their care. Thank you for the trust you place in them.

As the school year comes to a close and the students and faculty head into a much-deserved summer break, I am just beginning my new role at Justin-Siena. As a community we extend immeasurable thanks to Lars Lund for the care and commitment that he showed throughout his role as Interim-President. His gracious welcome has allowed for a seamless transition. I look forward to becoming a member of this community. 

-Matt Powell

Justin-Siena High School

4026 Maher Street
Napa, CA, 94558
United States
T: 707.255.0950 
F: 707.255.0334
Justin-Siena is a Lasallian Catholic college preparatory community that serves young people in grades 9–12.