John St. Croix of Harwich graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on May 25, completing an important step toward his goal of becoming a teacher. But first he's going to complete a master's degree in public administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Moreover, he was named a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar, which will enable him to pursue his graduate studies. The Jack Kent Cook Foundation awards grants of up to $50,000 per year to graduate students who grew up, or have strong ties to Virginia, Maryland, or the District of Columbia. St. Croix plans to advance the skills he needs to be an outstanding teacher and to gain the tools necessary to be a serious and successful. advocate for public education and urban po.licy reform.
St. Croix's desire to teach has evolved from his career in Washington, DC as the Legislative Director for Congressman Tim Roemer. Previously, he worked for other members of Congress, the New York City Council, and possesses wide political campaign experience. These experiences inform his goal to teach the importance of civics and government. Experience as a professional staff member of the House Science Committee, for which he conducted oversight of Federal energy and space research, makes him particularly aware of the importance of knowledge to an informed public.
Although he spent two decades in public service, St. Croix decided he needed a career change when that work proved incompatible to the family life he was building with his 12-year-old adopted son Timothy. "Although my son enjoyed our proximity to Congress, it also became clear that it would not be practical for me to continue directing one show at work and starring in another one at home," St. Croix said.
He remembers being told - more than once - that he would make a good teacher. So, he moved to Cape Cod, where he enrolled at Cape Cod Community College and later at UMD. As a political science major at the university, he earned academic honors as a chancellor's list student among other recognition. He also served as student trustee on the Massachusetts State Board of Higher Education.
He is committed to community service. He served on the board of directors of a homeless shelter, volunteered at Habitat for Humanity and served as a volunteer lecturer for the Close Up Foundation and the National Youth Leadership Council. He also served on the board of directors of the West African Childhood Development Foundation
"Service is an expression of love and of gratitude, St. Croix says. "It is its own reward. I want my son to know that, and to do so I must show him." Tim is currently a regular volunteer in both the local blood drive and at an area senior citizen home.