Alumni Director Heads to the Classroom

By Erin Hallissy

Lloyd Schine III '98 ME '04 left his job as director of alumni relations on Aug. 17 to pursue his dream of teaching. He is following in the footsteps of his parents, Lloyd V. Schine Jr. '73 MA '81 and B. Louise Schine 'MA '91, both career educators.

Schine started student teaching in the second grade at Turner Elementary School in August. He is pursuing his multiple subject teaching credential in SMC's Kalmanovitz School of Education.

Keith Brant, vice president for development, will convene a search committee to identify candidates for alumni director. Chris Carter, the associate director of alumni relations, is now acting director.

Schine enrolled at Saint Mary's after graduating from De La Salle High School in 1994. He says he thought about going to Morehouse College, but it was probably inevitable that he'd wind up in Moraga — he wore a "Future Gael" shirt as a baby.

Schine, whose father was then on the alumni board of directors, worked in the alumni office throughout his undergraduate years, but he didn't think he'd work there after graduating. With an accounting degree, he worked for a couple of companies, and had moved to Las Vegas when his grandmother told him she heard about a job opening in the SMC alumni office. Schine was hired as an assistant alumni relations director in 2000, and ultimately was promoted to the director's job in 2004.

The social aspects of the job — meeting with alumni, going to reunions, planning events — were highlights of his years at the College.

"I like to help people reconnect with their classmates and with the College," he says. "I also like being able to do things for students through our Lasallian Scholarship and for the faculty through our Faculty Fellowship Fund."

But Schine, 32, says he is looking forward to being a teacher, especially in the primary grades where he hopes to be a role model.

"If you make that impact early on, hopefully it will carry on with the students as they get older," he says. "It's harder to shape a young mind in sixth to eighth grade."

He also is interested in teaching in an inner-city school.

"There are a lot of great teachers in good school districts where the students are going to do just fine," he says. "Inner-city schools need to have great teachers too. That's where the real work needs to happen."

Eventually, Schine would like to go into school administration, saying he could then work on making the school better and not just the students in his own classroom. 

Schine and his wife, Cri, a psychologist, live in Pleasant Hill. Along with work, Schine teaches ballroom dancing to seventh and eighth graders and enjoys photography, dancing and travel.