Jonathan Retz

Community Life Activities Coordinator, History

Faculty

  • C.A.S. SUNY Cortland
  • M.S. SUNY Cortland
  • B.S. Houghton College

From a very early age I knew I wanted to be an educator.  School was always a wonderful and comfortable place for me.  My passion for working and coaching young people together with my love of history made a career in education a natural choice.

For twenty plus years in I served in public education both as a teacher and school administrator.  Often, throughout my career, I felt drawn back to Houghton.  In 2016 the Lord orchestrated events and convicted me that I was suppose to be at Houghton Academy.  I was able to return to the classroom to share my passion for history but also had a wonderful new opportunity to serve our international students as the Community Life Coordinator.  

As an educator I have always sought to live out my faith. At Houghton I have a wonderful opportunity to actively engage students in conversations and exploration of the Christian faith while I seek to develop each child intellectually.  My family and I have made Houghton and Houghton Academy our home and the students part of our family.  Through our service here at Houghton we have a wonderful opportunity to live out our responsibility as expressed in John 13:34-35  “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

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