Bobby Lee’s return to Naz


photo by Matthew Uphues

Zachary Hayes and Matthew Uphues

Recruitment director Bobby Lee graduated from Naz in 2008 and then went to the University of Illinois where he studied elementary education in hopes of becoming involved in a school community. 

During his time at Naz, Lee was involved in many clubs and activities such as Cross Country, Student Council, and he was part of the set crew for the school plays. Lee enjoyed the various things Naz had to offer and really appreciated the many different ways students could get involved.

Lee notes many changes to Nazareth since he graduated. The block schedule, tweaks in the dress code and the addition of Walsh Gym and the Romano Family Theatre among them. 

After graduating from U of I, Lee became a camp counselor and went on to teach second grade for seven years at St. Athanasius in Evanston and for one year at St. Isaac Jogues in Hinsdale. 

Although he enjoyed his time teaching in elementary schools, Lee said he wanted a change while staying within the school community, so he was excited to explore a new opportunity at his alma mater.

Lee’s job as Recruiter focuses on shedding light on the many great things the school has to offer and attracting new students to the building. He does so by going to local grade schools and sharing information about Nazareth. Lee is also in charge of the shadow program, giving middle schoolers an opportunity to spend a day in the life of a Naz student. 

Although Lee is fairly new to recruiting, he is enjoying the new experience. Lee said, “It’s a nice change of pace from teaching, but I still enjoy working in the school environment.” Even though it’s only been a couple months, Lee says truly enjoys the job and can see a continued future with it. He likes the aspect of  being able to try to help kids make the best decision when it comes to choosing which high school to attend.