Keynotes

Day 1

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English Teacher

ELAINE AYERS

Elaine Ayers is a 24-year teaching veteran, including 18 years at Creighton Prep in Omaha. She has taught in public and private school settings, at both the high school and university level. Presently, she teaches English and has “coached and moderated more activities than [she] can remember.” She holds a BA in journalism and an MA in English, both degrees from Creighton University. She has been married to her husband, Joe Ryberg, for 21 years and together they have three children, boy-girl twins Sam and Tess (17) and son Paul (15).

Day 2

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Principal

TONY HARRIS

Tony is completing his first year as Principal of Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School. He has taught and led in Jesuit schools in the Midwest for more than twenty years and has participated in each facet of high school involvement from retreats, to athletics and other co-curriculars. He holds degrees in Economics, English, and Educational Leadership, which only confirmed for him the need to be agile, compassionate, and open to new learning as he has navigated the last year and a half. He has said, “The uncertainties of parenthood may well have been my best preparation for the challenging, unpredictable, often fragile environment of the COVID moment."

Day 3

Theology Teacher

Perry Petrich, S.J.

Fr. Perry Petrich, S.J. was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington and has worked in Jesuit schools in a half-dozen states.  Most recently he served at the Cristo Rey high school in Oakland, California and he currently teaches Theology at Jesuit High School in Sacramento. He entered the Jesuits in Portland, Oregon and was ordained a priest there in 2020. He holds degrees in theatre from Fordham University, social philosophy from Loyola University Chicago, and divinity from Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley.  He is currently studying Catholic Educational Leadership at the University of San Francisco.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing music, reading, writing, running, and learning how to garden.