I'm Steve Saso founder of Saso High School Prep and
I have over thirty-six years experience teaching high school. I
have had every student imaginable in my classrooms. My sincere
conviction is every student is able to experience academic
success - if they are taught how with proper instruction and
guidance. Everyone is capable of learning.
the past eighteen years I have
tutored middle school students to successfully prepare for high school
math and English and for the High School Placement Test.
a student tells me they can't
do math I take it as a personal
challenge to build their
self-confidence by proving them wrong. It is a great joy to
when I work with kids who have been labeled as poor students, and they
experience success. As confidence increases so does motivation. I love
doing this work!
graduating from Bellarmine
College Prep in San Jose,
CA and Gonzaga
University in Spokane, WA I
began my teaching career at Jesuit High in Sacramento followed by
Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland. Moving to San Luis
helped re-open Mission College Prep and was Assistant Principal. Later,
I returned to my alma mater and taught at Bellarmine for more than two
addition to teaching, my wife Patt
and I are authors of two books on parenting
issues. We have
been married for over 30 years and have 3 children.
I am an avid Oakland A's fan, love to work in my garden, and
especially to Hawaii.
I'm Brian, Steve's oldest son. I attended Bellarmine College Prep for
(class of '03) and went on to study at UC Santa Barbara. I graduated
from UCSB in 2007 with a bachelor's in business.
I have been
working at Saso High School Prep for over 15 years and have helped
the writing of our curriculum and classwork for the Saso HSPT prep
I'm Paul, Steve's youngest son. I've been a Bay Area native my whole
life and I love it here. I attended Bellarmine College Prep for high
(class of '05) and went on to study at San Jose State University, all
the while working for Saso High School Prep.
I've been working side-by-side with Steve,
helping students prepare for the HSPT for over a decade! I truly enjoy
working one-on-one with students in the classroom, teaching
them grammar rules, new vocabulary words, and
fundamental math skills that they will find useful now, in school, and
the future, in everyday life.
It brings me a lot of joy to help students learn, grow and improve in
In my free time I enjoy playing poker,
basketball, billiards, and working out. I enjoy high-level competition
and I am an avid Warriors fan. Go Dubs!
spent the past thirty-five years here in the Bay Area
teaching literature and writing. There are few things that delight me
helping young people deepen their own love and ability to learn. I
Jesuit High School in Sacramento, University of San Francisco and
in England for my undergraduate studies, and UCLA for graduate work.
years I taught every level of college prep
English at Bellarmine in San Jose, every course from
freshman English to a wide
diversity of upper class electives to Bellarmine's Senior
During my years at Bellarmine, I was also varsity basketball coach and
the school's Wilderness Program. As a teacher I've
received a number of local
and national teaching awards, including the National Endowment for the
Teacher-Scholar Award. Now retired from full-time teaching (to dedicate
time to my own writing), I love working closely with small groups of
students here at Saso High School Prep.
wife Debi and I now divide our time between our home in
San Jose and our backwoods cabin in Big Sur, where I enjoy
writing, hiking, and
working as an advocate for local wilderness and cultural issues. Our
children - Matt, Nate, Caitlin, and Ali - live here
in San Jose, too.
I'm Paul Seliga,
a long-time Bay
Area resident and friend of Steve Saso even longer. I grew up in
Chicago, then moved to Los Angeles where I graduated from Loyola High
School. (And no, I'm not a Dodgers fan--as my HSP students wanted
desperately to know.) I have a bachelor's degree in Physics from Spring
Hill College, taught algebra and geometry at Jesuit High School in
Sacramento (along with Steve), and got master's degrees in theology and
computer science. I worked for 30 years in the software engineering
field, in various interesting businesses.
Now retired, I
enjoy producing community theatre plays, singing in the church choir,
running, biking, playing softball, rooting for the Niners, and
volunteering. And I believe good math and writing skills are keys to
self-confidence and success.