Art Graduate; High School Art Teacher
Meet Jason Sanderson '92
Jason Sanderson is a dedicated artist and educator who, in 20 years teaching at Michigan’s Bedford High School, has transformed the BHS art department, dramatically expanding the curriculum and faculty. Jason credits his accomplishments to the support of a loving family, the enduring values he first learned as a Boy Scout—and the opportunities, encouragement and challenge he encountered at Siena Heights.
Father David Van Horn hooked Jason on Siena’s art program; but it was Sister Eileen Rice in education who really got him on the right path: She gave 100 percent, he recalled, and made it clear Jason needed to do the same.
“The teacher I am today is because of Eileen,” he said. “I feel that it is my calling to give 100 percent to the job of teaching art to high school students, encouraging them, finding them artistic opportunities, developing their boundless talents, and guiding them on a path to post-secondary study”—then making sure they find a scholarship help to make it happen.
Inspired by his mentoring, Jason’s students often look at Siena Heights, finding as he did “a place where you are given the tools to head down whatever path you choose.”