Mr. Lou Santos
Mr. Lou Santos grew up in Chelsea and attended St. Francis Xavier School, taught by the Sisters of Charity. He then attended Power Memorial in the day of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr.). Mr. Santos went on to receive a degree in Spanish from St. John’s, his teaching degree from Iona and his Professional Diploma in Administration is from St. John’s University.
He started his teaching career at St. Raymond’s in Parkchester as a replacement teacher for one semester. He then worked as a caseworker for the NYU Medical Center. His task was to find evidence of lead poisoning in apartments. Then Mr. Santos went back to his first love; the classroom. This time he worked at St. Michael’s HS for Girls. It was here he met, and taught, our own Nurse Forgione. After 18 months there he moved on to St. Helena’s where he stayed for six years teaching Spanish, PE, and Health. He was also a baseball coach.
It was after all of this formative work that he received a call from Brothers James Maher, Declan and Bob Andrews to come in for an interview. Now, 39 years later, you could say Lou has found a home. During this time he worked as a football coach at CK, and as a Baseball coach at Queensborough Community College and Concordia College. He has also served as head coach to our own girls’ JV Softball Team since 2001.
Lou started the International Day celebration at Molloy, and built it around the themes; food folks and fun. In its heyday, they would have more than 1500 people attending this one event. It has been one of the biggest family day events at Molloy for many years. He also founded the Br. Ron Marcellin Scholarship Committee which is now one of the most prestigious scholarships Molloy gives.
When asked about his wish for Molloy, he thought for a minute and came back with this - “we must always put our students at the center of the table. They are why we are here.”