By: Kathy Habel
When seniors are about to graduate and they come together in their final school days, they are told that Archbishop Williams will always be their home – a home they can return to at anytime. And sometimes a graduate will take those words to heart and will return as a student or coach or staff member. This year, our school community is excited to welcome back, Jared Lyons, ’13, Aidan Duquette,’12 and Brian Holden,’90. Aidan and Jared join the Science and Math departments respectively, and Brian will be our Physical Education teacher and Boys basketball coach.
So what brings them back to their alma mater? After receiving a degree in Brain Science from Boston University and doing research at Mass General, Aidan was drawn to the classroom experience. The classroom is the place that “holds the future”. As Ms. Duquette, she aspires to mentor her students and help to grow their confidence. “It will be nice to have the opportunity to help students make better decisions. Almost like being a parent, except the kids listen and you don’t have to feed them dinner.”
Jared Lyons is a recent graduate of Stonehill College with a degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education. Jared recollections of Archies are the cherished friendships he made and the opportunities to develop his passions in the performing arts. Jared returns with the enthusiasm to “give back to the community that gave me so much.” And Jared already knows what advice he would like to share with his students: “Step out of your comfort zone, join a club, ask questions, challenge your world view and develop into a one-of a-kind student.”
Brian Holden. The basketball passion he displayed while as a student at Williams is legendary. Brian stayed on the courts through his college years and graduated from Drexel University with a degree in Business Administration. Following his college graduation, he played professional basketball in Europe, and coached on the collegiate level. Along the way, Brian added strength and conditioning coaching to his resume. As the GM at Basketball City, Boston, Brian continued to live that formula of finding something you love to be your life’s work. Brian is excited to work with a new generation of students who will be “stars in their own ways.”