John Polland grew up in Ohio, then south San Jose. At sixteen, he began working with children as a summer camp counselor, a gymnastics instructor, and as a tutor. At twenty-two, John began working for the Diocese of San Jose as the physical education teacher and athletic director at St Lawrence Elementary School. After a short stint in Washington, DC, John returned to California and taught at Resurrection and Queen of Apostles, moving into the classroom at Challenger School, where he taught for ten years. John is delighted to return to the diocese as St. Joseph Catholic School of Mountain View’s new science teacher.