The Catholic teacher Podcast – Interview With Josh Varner

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Josh Varner is a husband, father, football coach and the Social and Emotional counsellor at Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City Missouri.

Like many of us, Josh was blessed to receive encouragement and support at a key time in his life from great teachers and coaches. He learned to give back and after a season as a social worker he now dedicates his life to building relationships of genuine support, challenge and encouragement with every young person he can.

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Key Discussion Points

  • What is the difference between transactional and transformational relationships?
  • How do we create boundaries as teachers between school and home?
  • How can we help young people deal with anxiety and other modern issues such as lack of empathy?
  • What are some of the key things that make a Catholic school such a special place?


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Going Deeper is a weekly online staff formation formation program in Catholic identity and Catholic teaching on education. It inspires, educates and challenges every Catholic teacher to deepen in their personal faith and knowledge of Catholic teaching so they can fulfil their noble vocation within the great mission of Catholic education.