Steve Straessle | Head of School, Catholic High School for Boys

MY FIRST JOB AND WHAT IT TAUGHT ME
My first job was a paperboy for the Arkansas Gazette. It taught me the value of arriving early, persevering through challenging landscapes and climates and delivering no matter what. 

NONPROFIT I WISH MORE PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT
Other than the Catholic High Foundation, I believe in work done by two of my kids: Vital Voices (daughter Abby works there ensuring economic empowerment for women) and Georgetown Prisons and Justice Initiative (son Sam is a graduate assistant there.)

WHAT KEEPS ME COMING BACK TO MY JOB EVERY DAY
I enjoy working with kids because they ensure my schedule is never set. Rare is the day that I just check off events on my calendar. Instead, I’ll juggle chainsaws, laugh with the clowns and applaud the performers. 

A SKILL I NEVER EXPECTED TO USE IN THIS FIELD
Plumbing. I can fix a urinal with the best of them – and that’s something not offered in most leadership programs.

ONE THING I WISH PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT MY COMPANY
In a crowded educational landscape surrounded by political noise, Catholic High revels in the simplicity of its mission: helping parents build their sons into good husbands, good fathers and good leaders in the community. Though tactics change, our expectations don't.

IN THE DETAILS

Hometown: Little Rock
Favorite Local Purchase: My home - it’s situated in a neighborhood where one can access stores, restaurants and schools on foot.
Little Rock’s Hidden Gem: Allsopp Park Trails
Sunday Routine: Read the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and New York Times, then run Allsopp Trails
Favorite Local Dish: Anything from Hill Station
Hobbies: Running and reading


501.664.3939
sstraessle@lrchs.org
6300 Father Tribou St., Little Rock
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