A Tribute to Mr. Joassaint
A Fitting Tribute to Mr. Joassaint
The spring the Art Option group of Christina Cohen, Annie Fraiman, Allegra Horstmann, Kevin Kang, Anna Kravtsova, Ali Malecka, Conor Ryan, and Mrs. D’Arco elected to find an answer to this question for their last project: Whose smile will you miss the most next year?
The group decided that Mr. Joassaint’s warm character and beautiful grin made him the obvious subject of their work and set out to make a large-scale portrait of him as a gift to Berkshire.
Before presenting the acrylic painting to the community at the assembly this morning, Annie Fraiman shared these quotes with the packed house in Allen Theater:
Aside from knowing where he is at all times (and explaining to my children every Wednesday that Santa is not in the hallway), his infectious laugh, comforting, genuine, and caring, best describes who he is. Comforting-- his laugh let's you know he truly listens. Genuine-- his laugh comes from a place that is honest. Caring-- his laugh assures you that he will do his best to help you. As trite as it may sound, his laugh is something that I admire the most about him. –Stuart Miller '97, fellow dorm parent
He embodies our motto, Pro Vita Non Pro Schola Discimus. In my three years as his student, not only has he taught me in class, but he’s also taught me how to live passionately, patiently, and how to persevere, and never take no for an answer. - Amelia Patsalos-Fox ‘14
He is one of the few people in my life that has given me the most perfect, useful and practical advise in those moments when I needed it the most. He usually tells me a story--first about his past, and then he tells me what he thinks I could do. He always finishes with "...but you do not have to listen to me. - Jesus Ibanez, fellow Foreign Language Department teacher
Mr. J. joined the group on stage for the big reveal, as the crowd rose for a standing ovation. Congratulations on your retirement, we will all miss you dearly, Mr. J!