Emotions Fully Alive: Forming Boys’ Affectivity

In this episode, Head of Mentoring, Joe Cardenas, explains the importance of training the emotions of our aspiring “men fully alive.” Often we see education as a matter of the head; but as teachers, we must be just as concerned with forming the heart.

We base much of this interview on this article from OpusDei.org.

Joe Cardenas

About the guest:

Joe Cardenas


Joe Cardenas is the Head of the Mentoring program at The Heights. Mr. Cardenas also teaches The Freshman Core and AP Art History. Since coming to The Heights in 1994, he has organized cultural trips to Spain and Italy and service projects in Mexico and Peru. Mr. Cardenas completed his undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a degree in American history; he received his M.A. in Private School Management from Columbia University. He taught at The Head-Royce School, an independent school in California, and at inner-city programs in Chicago and the Bronx before joining The Heights faculty.

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