Years Attended – Preschool through Second (Southshore) and Fifth through Seventh (Northshore)
Favorite teacher – Mrs. Pananos
Takeaway from Kehoe-France –
You get out of life what you put into it.
Favorite Subject –
Science, I loved going to science class for experiments
College graduate, former minor league baseball player for the Texas Rangers, practicing attorney and now newlywed, Mike Hollander has had an opportunity to travel many avenues in his life. As he approaches his thirtieth birthday, Mike can still recall the years he spent at Kehoe-France (KF) schools — on both the North and South shores. “One of the things I remember vividly is that making good grades was not uncool,” Mike says. “My classmates and I were held to the same high academic standards. It may not seem like a big deal, but making good grades and still being cool is important to young kids. That academic success and expectation of success carried on and helped me to get into Jesuit High School, college and law school.” In fact, Mike says it rang through his entire academic career.
Integrity, morality, character and responsibility are just a few of the gifts Mike says his education at KF imparted to him. “Each and every teacher there did their best to bring out the moral character in the kids. They tried to teach every child how to become the best man or woman they could be,” he says. “I vividly remember that homework was expected to be turned in on time, and the way they taught us responsibility, punctuality and self-discipline. All of this translates into the working world.”
Stellar leadership by the France family is etched into his memory as well, and in Mike’s opinion is what elevates the educational experience each child receives and infinitely cherishes at KF. “The Frances are a great family with high morals and strong character,” he notes. “Their leadership is what sets Kehoe-France apart. The school is a reflection on their family.”
The saying that “you get out of life what you put into it,” is something Mike remembers as a philosophical pillar throughout his years at KF, and is grateful that he was exposed to such a positive and encouraging environment. “They were constantly pushing the fact that anything you dream about, you can achieve. They were definitely my first steps on my own path to success, and to me the first step is always the most important one,” he notes.
But perhaps what Mike appreciates the most, is the steadfast foundational values the school still adheres to today. “Kehoe France still does the pledge and the prayer each morning. Even though the world might be changing around them, they stay true to their beliefs and give kids what they need as their ground floor,” he says. “God and patriotism were instilled in me there. And I want to thank them and offer my deepest appreciation to the Frances. They are great people and they definitely helped get me where I am today, and shaped the man I am today.”