Mr. Jacome (or Mr. J, as many call him) was born in Fall River, and lived in South Coast Massachusetts his entire life. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a degree in History and Religious studies. Mr. J loves to travel and spends his vacations traveling the world, visiting museums, and looking for new destinations to visit. His best friend in the world is his dog Bubby, which he takes everywhere and does everything with. Before joining the Alma del Mar team, Mr. J was an AmeriCorps volunteer serving the scholars of New Bedford.
Why did you choose the Alma team?
Alma was such a breath of fresh air and felt like where I belonged from day one. I can picture myself here for a really long time.
What do you hope to contribute to Alma?
I have such a passion for working with scholars, either on or off the field. I am really looking forward to showing scholars all new experiences from athletics to card games.
What is your top goal during your first year with Alma?
I am super excited for the opportunity to show my students different world cultures and have them experience all new things.
What teacher made a difference in your life — how?
I actually thought about this for quite a while and I hope I can expand on this a bit and name four teachers.
#1 Mr. Pacheco, my middle school science teacher who absolutely loved what he did, and took teaching into his own hands. He was one of the coolest teachers I ever had and the reason while I’ll bring my guitar to class to share. He showed me that teaching is about the passion.
#2 Mr. Palmisciano who was my high school history and economics teacher, as well as my Mock Trial coach. He showed me that teaching is about the students.
#3 Mrs. Bernier one of my elementary school teachers who stood in as my grandparent on “Grandparents Day.” She sat with me at the lunch table and shared her life with me when I felt pretty alone. She showed me that teaching is about family.
#4 Mr. McCain my high school principle who no matter the weather (rain, snow, sleet, sunshine, etc.) would be waiting outside every morning to greet the students with a smile. He showed me that teaching is about the community.
Why did you become involved in education?
Many of my family members were teachers, and from a young age I was exposed to the teaching world. I taught karate when I was younger, and volunteer teaching Catechism on the weekends during the school year.
Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?
I graduated from the University of Massachusetts, as did my: parents, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends. Many people like to complain about UMD and the architecture, but that is simply not the case to me it felt like home. The faculty was absolutely amazing (Shout out to the UMass Dartmouth History Department!)
What is your favorite book?
I love everything Harry Potter (Go Slytherin House!), it was honestly the series that inspired my love of reading.
What is your favorite music?
My other passion is music, I’ve been playing guitar since I was ten years old and my collection includes about six acoustic guitars.