Jonathan Retz

Community Life Activities Coordinator, History


  • C.A.S. SUNY Cortland
  • M.S. SUNY Cortland
  • B.S. Houghton College

from a very early age i knew i wanted to be an educator.  school was always a wonderful and comfortable place for me.  my passion for working and coaching young people together with my love of history made a career in education a natural choice.

for twenty plus years in i served in public education both as a teacher and school administrator.  often, throughout my career, i felt drawn back to houghton.  in 2016 the lord orchestrated events and convicted me that i was suppose to be at houghton academy.  i was able to return to the classroom to share my passion for history but also had a wonderful new opportunity to serve our international students as the community life coordinator.  

As an educator I have always sought to live out my faith. At Houghton I have a wonderful opportunity to actively engage students in conversations and exploration of the Christian faith while I seek to develop each child intellectually.  My family and I have made Houghton and Houghton Academy our home and the students part of our family.  Through our service here at Houghton we have a wonderful opportunity to live out our responsibility as expressed in John 13:34-35  “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

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