Teacher and Advisor
Mr. Jack Higgins is different - gooddifferent. You don’t find many people like him anymore. He is so many great things - thoughtful, caring, humorous, outgoing, quiet, smart, kind, selfless, motivated, adaptable, considerate, diligent, generous, reliable, wise. Most people on campus know of him or have known him. He is always there to listen and give the best advice he can, no matter the time or situation. It’s because he cares.
Higgins treats everyone as an equal, circumstances do not matter. He is passionate about teaching. That’s part of what makes him such a great teacher. He is highly motivated, because to him, it’s not a job. It’s his passion. He always puts his all into everything he does, and never gives up. Higgins is someone who doesn’t just teach, he inspires.
Higgins has dedicated his life to teaching and to his students. He has spent countless hours making sure that his students get the help they need and are prepared in life, academically and socially.
A teacher can spend all day giving lectures and assigning homework, but at the end of the day, learning is a choice. It’s not difficult to sit through a class for a whole semester, pass, but still neglect to learn anything. It takes an amazing teacher to engage their students and help them take something away with them at the end of the year.
Making a class fun and informative isn’t easy. This is why it makes it very hard to say goodbye to Higgins this year. His teaching style does the impossible - he makes lectures enjoyable, writing essays interesting, and assigning final projects that students have fun with. Not only does he manage five AP classes a day, he also teaches Journalism. Since 2003, he has been the advisor of the newspaper at Ayala.
Higgins will be retiring from Ayala at the end of the month. Although we’re incredibly sad to see him go, he isn’t fully retiring. Higgins will spend the majority of his days working at the greatest place on Earth — Disneyland. He doesn’t mind the drive to Anaheim multiple times a week because it’s not just a job, it’s an adventure.
It is heartbreaking to think of Ayala without Higgins, but we understand that it is his time to leave. We hope that his time at Disneyland is full of happiness and fun.