Joe Lovato is the English Department Chair and is a 30-year veteran of Mt. Pleasant. Mr. Lovato earned his B.A. in English and his teaching credential at San Jose State University. Additionally he holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership, a preliminary administrative credential, and in 2014 completed a fellowship at Yale University studying rhetoric. He’s taught every course in the department, and in recent years has been working closely with the SJSU Teacher Preparation program, mentoring teacher candidates, several of whom are now teachers in the department. As part of the Goodwill Assets Grant, Mr. Lovato is also teaching a course on Thursday afternoons entitled Film and Fiction of New York City. In addition to his teaching, departmental leadership, and SJSU mentoring duties, Mr. Lovato is released one period a day to coordinate the WASAC self-study for 2021.
As a life-long resident of San Jose’s East Side, Mr. Lovato is committed to creating a Mt. Pleasant community that nurtures and challenges students towards academic excellence and critical thinking. His professional interests focus on new teacher preparation and support, as well as developing creative project-based learning opportunities for students. Mr. Lovato serves on the Instructional Leadership team, the School Site Council, The MTSS Team, and the district’s English Curriculum Council. He has been honored by Columbia University, Santa Clara University, U.C. San Diego, as well as by the San Jose City Council, the California Superintendent of Education, and by numerous professional organizations. Mr. Lovato was recently featured in Heroes of the Community magazine, he was a recipient of a 2016 Dorothy Wright award from San Jose State University, and he was Mt. Pleasant High School’s 2016 Teacher of the Year. Most recently he’s been recognized in February of 2021 by the ESUHSD Board of Trustees for his work towards creating equitable communities in the district.