Faculty Friday Spotlight: Mr. Ralph Koelsch
Happy Faculty Friday! This week’s spotlight is on one of Saint Joseph Prep’s founding faculty members, Mr. Ralph Koelsch. With more than thirty years experience teaching Math, Mr. Koelsch brings a wealth of knowledge into his Algebra 1 and 2 classes!
Growing up in South Boston, Mr. Koelsch attended St. Augustine Elementary School through the fifth grade. The summer before his sixth grade, however, his family moved to the South Shore, where he attended Quincy Public Schools. After graduating from Quincy High, Mr. Koelsch moved to the western part of the state to attend University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he majored in Economics.
While in college, Mr. Koelsch spent his summers in Parks and Recreation, working with young people, coaching baseball, softball, and basketball... an experience that ultimately inspired him to pursue a career in teaching. Upon graduation from UMass, Mr. Koelsch took a position in the Hartford Public School system while working towards his Master’s degree in Urban Education at the University of Hartford.
After two years in Connecticut, he moved back up to the South Shore and taught in Quincy Public Schools for over thirty years, officially retiring in 2008. However, Mr. Koelsch quickly learned he wasn’t ready to give up teaching; after just five months, he took a position teaching Math at Mount Saint Joseph Academy. When the merger of MSJA and Trinity Catholic was announced, he was eager to help establish Saint Joseph Prep.
A lifelong Boston sports fan, one change he’s noticed after four years teaching at an all-girls school is that some of his sports analogies and references have a more receptive audience in a coed environment. However, the most noticeable and positive difference he’s observed is the commitment to both academic and extracurricular excellence. Everyone seems to be involved in multiple aspects of community life, which he values and appreciates. “As more kids get involved in the life of the School, the better SJP becomes.” About the students, he observes, “They are hard working, try their best, treat me well, and are fun to teach!”
Outside of teaching, Mr. Koelsch enjoys being outside, especially biking or kayaking on the Charles River. He is an avid fan of the Red Sox, Patriots, and Celtics, and enjoys spending time with his family, including his two grown children.
Thank you, Mr. Koelsch, for all you do to support the students at Saint Joseph Prep. Throughout your career, you have influenced the lives of thousands of young people; we appreciate your commitment and dedication!