A St. Louis native hailing from the Hill, Seaton studied journalism, media, and Italian at St. Louis University. After graduating in 2017, Seaton spent the better part of a year studying and living abroad in the regions of Ischia and Genoa, Italy. Inspired by the great experiences he had with the ASC volunteers during his high school career, Seaton jumped on the opportunity to give back to the school that he learned so much from.
“I had kept in touch with the ASC Director over the years, and he hinted to me that numbers were kind of low this year and that someone had dropped out that was supposed to teach at SLU High and I told them I’d love to come back and teach at my former high school, intimidating as that might be” said Seaton.
Seaton did not apply the first time, but did apply the second time.
“I applied pretty late in the game, but after interviewing with Father Gibbons, Mr. Missey, and Mr. Curdt, I got the job!”
While at SLUH, Seaton will take on the challenge of teaching Freshman English.
“We’re really excited to have his background in writing and English. He’s been open, eager about the work, and very focused on it,” said freshman English teacher Tim Curdt. Seaton teaches one section currently with Lynne Casey, one section by himself and will help English teacher Chuck Hussung take time off to be with his wife.
“With all the difficulties Mr. Hussung is having, he asked me if I could support him, and I said I would love to support him,” said Seaton. “I never thought I’d be able to come back and help somebody who helped me so much, but I guess that is what a year of service is all about.”
In addition to teaching, he will also fulfill some of the traditional roles that ASC volunteers have done in the past.
“It’s kind of an unwritten rule, but all ASC volunteers have to help work at football games, work with Freshman service, and monitor the pool hall during activity period and after school,” said Seaton.
One of things Seaton is most excited about is working to help expand SLUHTube during the year. “There is sort of a void now at SLUH, without Gadfly. I was heavily involved with the club when I was a student, as an editor of both the magazine and the show, but now it seems to have fallen out of vogue.” said Seaton. “I think that allows SLUHTube to go from just filming promotional stuff, to having a broad, student-driven, content-focused, club.”
Seaton is also using his experiences as a journalism major, a staff writer at SLU’s weekly newspaper, and a travel blogger to help with the Prep News as a teacher advisor.
“My background is in writing and journalism, so I’m happy to work with anyone who comes and talks to me,” said Seaton.
During this year of service, Seaton is expected to not just teach, but to learn and grow as a teacher.
“I think that he is connecting with students and will continue to grow as a teacher over the year” said new English department chair Frank Kovarik. “He’ll definitely learn a lot by teaching with Ms. Casey and Mr. Hussung.”
Seaton is grateful for the opportunity to teach, and hope to bring his unique skillset to the classroom.
“If teaching is a great way to learn, than this is a great opportunity for me to learn” said Seaton. “I hope in teaching my students writing and journalism that I can learn things to take to my next job, whatever that might be.”