Santo & Jeanne
Spouse/Partner… Jeanne Baxter Carfora
Were you classmates at HHS? No, we met at
Children: Christina Marie is
our oldest daughter. She is a ceramics specialist and is currently taking
classes and teaching at
Where do you currently live?
Jeanne and I live in
Name of my Favorite Teacher:
My most influential teacher was Ray Rush. He taught American History to me in
summer school. That is a story in its own right. I failed the American History
regents in the spring by one point. Retaking the course helped open my eyes to
good teaching methods and convinced me that I wasn’t any smarter six weeks
after the original regents when I scored over 90% the second time I took the
exam. But taking the course over convinced me of the value of effective teaching
and encouraged me to major in history and pursue a career in teaching. Needless
to say I was one point from missing my lifetime passion and career. Go figure.
Favorite Place to meet Friends
Outside of School: I believe the Sweet Shop was a favorite hang out especially
after Saturday afternoon football games.
taught high school students for thirty four years. I had my first teaching
position at dear ole HHS. Mr. Rush was principal at that time and hired me to
teach the course he taught me in summer school. I went on to marry Jeanne in
1970 and moved to WI where I continued my teaching career for the next 33 years.
I had the opportunity to be the social studies department chair for 25 years,
taught a plethora of social studies courses, and coached wrestling for a number
of years. I was touched in a negative way by the homogeneity of the community I
lived in so I decided to work on my master’s degree in multicultural education
and Afro American Studies. That was a turning point in my teaching career. I
went on to teach Black Studies until the mid 1980’s and then worked with
student human relations and anti racism groups. I took students to
I retired from the classroom
in 2003 to form S & J Consulting, LLC. This is a human relations, anti
racism, cultural competency, diversity, and inclusion business. I work with
profits, non profits, and schools. Our main focus is to help our clients develop
an awareness, sensitivity, and understanding of people who are not like them and
then help them develop ‘tools’ to develop proactive relationships.
Hobbies/Pastimes: I have a
passion for racquetball and play two to four times a week. I enjoy working out
and staying in touch with a network of friends at the local YMCA. My most recent
pastime has been working with horses. I have enjoyed learning how to be safe
around four leggeds and how to develop a partnership with them.
One thing that no one knows
about me is: I had a wonderful experience about 35 years ago by attending a
men’s Christian weekend. It was called a Cursillo. It is translated into a
three day walk with Christ. That weekend helped switch my ideas of faith and
church. It helped me repackage my motivation for doing church. I realized I had
been going out of obligation for most of my life. That weekend experience helped
me realize the ‘heart’ story behind faith for me. My focus changed from
obligation to wanting to participate in Church activities. As a result I have
been a lecturer, confirmation instructor, hospital Eucharistic minister,
Eucharistic minister, RCIA facilitor,
retreat facilitor & organizer. I have a sense of joy in my belief system and
the utmost respect for all faiths.
Life is good. It was wonderful to have attended HHS. It gave me a great start with super friends & good teachers. I wasn’t much of a lover of school for academic reasons but managed to get through with athletics and coaches encouraging me. I went through the hoops, did what I needed to do to graduate, and never thought I’d spend my career in an academic environment. I can still recall my dad teasing me about spending my life in education when I was the kid who use to run away from school busses.
Finally, if you had to do it all over again, I
would…have started school a year later. Being almost a year younger than my
peers made social life awkward for me. I always felt a bit behind the curve
especially when it came to social activities.