We Love You Mr. K!
By Rachel Richter
Mr. Al Kovacic, casually known as Mr. K, plays a number of different integral roles at Seton High School. He is a teacher, a spiritual guide, a coach, a club founder and moderator, a Kairos leader, a role model, and a friend. He has touched the lives and hearts of so many girls at Seton, and we will never be able to repay him for all he has given us.
As a religion teacher, Mr. K teaches his students how to love. He teaches his students wonderful lessons, especially the importance of looking after one’s neighbor. Because of Mr. K, many girls have learned to look beyond their personal needs to help those in need. There are many ways that we are able to better the world, and Mr. K helps his students to make a difference. Whether by teaching his students life lessons or involving them in philanthropy, Mr. K impacts us and teaches us how to love.
Mr. K is one of the most gentle and holy people I know. With a strong faith in God and a genuine love of others, he sets an example for his students and acts as a role model. He is always there for us if we need help in class, spiritual guidance, advice on life, or simply someone to talk to. It is easy to confide in Mr. K, and what makes it easier is the fact that he is willing to listen and help. Many girls are grateful for the heart to heart talks, the compassionate love, and the great advice he provides.
One of Mr. K’s great legacies at Seton is the fact that he founded Seton’s largest club, the Saints for Life club. Saints for Life is a pro-life club which rallies for the right to life. He has remained actively involved with this club for years, acting as a leader to hundreds of students in this right to life movement. As the Saints for Life club moderator, Mr. K acts as a fatherly figure to the loyal members of the club. Students who have been involved with the club for multiple years have grown up with Mr. K by their side and have been able to grow and learn with him. Performing many club tasks over the years such as planning the annual club trip to Washington D.C. for the March for Life, Mr. K puts a lot of work and heart into Saints for Life. Students have been able to grow really close with him through various religious events through the club, and we really appreciate all the time and effort he puts in. As a result of Mr. K’s work with the Saints for Life club, he has shaped many students’ faith and spiritual journeys and also inspired many students as well.
Mr. K is also heavily involved with Seton’s cross country team, as a coach for many years. You can often see Coach K outside running down the streets of Price Hill with the team. The girls on cross country love him as their coach and look up to him on a number of levels. The girls on the team truly appreciate his dedication, loyalty, and enthusiasm for cross country and for each and every member.
Mr. K is also a goofball and a child at heart. With love, he can be described as the most loving dork you will ever meet. His enthusiasm, energy, and childlike optimism are refreshing and inspiring. Most of the time you will be able to find Mr. K joking around and having fun with a huge smile on his face. This is the way many people think of Mr. K and will remember him by. His wonderful sense of humor can make anybody’s day.
The students at Seton adore Mr. K:
“Mr. K has been such a huge blessing in my life! Besides having him as a teacher, he helped me to get more involved in Saints for Life and he also led the Kairos I attended. He is a role model for me and has helped me to grow in my faith and leadership. He has truly shown me what it means to be a leader in so many different ways through Saints for Life, religion class, and Kairos. I can’t thank him enough for everything he does at Seton!”
-Senior Charity Jamison
“Mr. K has really helped me learn to how to put myself out in the world and be a part of what I believe in. Through the Saints for Life club and Social Justice class junior year, where we have the opportunity to perform service outside of school, I have been able to be a part of standing up for all life. Whether it was marching for life in D.C. or volunteering with CRS at Circus Mojo with the disabled, I have learned to care for all life and that has all been through the Saints for Life club, which wouldn’t be possible without Mr. K taking charge and leading the club every day. Thanks Mr. K for showing those around you how to stand up for life!”
-Senior Ellie Hahn
“Even though I only had Mr. K for one year, I have learned so much from him. The pro-life club has impacted me in ways that I can’t even explain. Because of him and the impact he has made on the club, I have been able to stand up for the rights of those who can’t speak for themselves. But I think the thing that I appreciate the most about Mr. K is the fact that he treats us like adults. He has faith in his students and continues to have faith in us no matter how many times we screw up. He really cares about what we think and gets to know us as an individual, not just another student. I am very sad to leave both Mr. K and the club behind when I leave Seton, but I know that the values that have been instilled in me will follow me long after graduation.”
-Senior Lexi Neltner
“Bert has impacted me in so many ways. If he wasn’t here at Seton, I don’t think I would be so involved with pro-life, spiritual life, or be the person who I am today. I am so grateful to get to know him as a person through Kairos. He is one of the people I look up to… he is an inspiration in my eyes. Albert is a fatherly figure and I can see God through him. He makes me laugh all the time and is a fantastic teacher. I am so glad he is in my life and I will miss him dearly when I leave Seton.”
-Senior Victoria Hancock
“I am thankful for Mr. K for starting such an incredible club like Saints for Life! I don’t know where I would be today without that club, it has been a huge part of my Seton career, and Mr. K has really built it up and makes it such a special club for all of the members.”
-Senior Catherine Tuttle
“Coach K, words can no longer fully express my gratitude for you. Throughout the past three years, you have instilled in me so much more than what is written in Awareness or Social Justice text books. When I look back to freshman year, honestly, what I remember the most is, Coach K, you’ve taught me how to love. And you know what? It doesn’t matter what the world thinks. I see that as the most important lesson in this life. Throughout this short semester, you have taught me to become a better servant leader and to look beyond myself to see the struggles and hardships of others, to reach out to those in need. During the three years, you have opened my eyes to the beauty of life as we continue to fight the battle for the unborn. And just as important, you were the one who brought running into my life, and has been there with me every step of the way since then. Even though I’m not the best or fastest or strongest, you make me feel important and truly worthy to be a part of the team. Your presence, support, and encouragement carry me on as you watch me struggle up the hills and down the valleys of a cross country course and life course. When our strides match side by side, you remind me to take the roads less traveled by, and that makes all the difference. You believe in me and see in me the inner strength that I sometimes cannot see, and your encouragement provides that important piece upon which I continue to learn and grow. Coach K, even though I’m so blessed to be able to spend another year at Seton with you, I want to thank you. Thank you for all that you are, all that you do, and all that you have done for me. Thank you for being my coach, and not just my cross country coach, but my life coach. I believe that ‘some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while [or a long, long time] and leave footprints in our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.’ Thank you for your engraved footprints in my heart, for touching my life and so many other lives in our community and beyond elsewhere. Thank you for the little heart-to-heart chats, for the hello’s, and the goodbye’s, and the how are you’s. And, Coach, one last thing… you ARE already somebody, so no need to go out there and open that coffee shop, but when I get older, I will help you if you still want to 😉 You rock, Coach.”
-Junior Phuong Phan