Charlemagne Rafols

"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today, let us begin." – Teresa of Calcutta

Bio

  • Bachelor of Arts, Communications – University of Southern California
  • Master of Fine Arts, Film (Screenwriting specialization) – UCLA

I have the exciting job helping lead ABVM’s music and drama – while putting together some of the school’s fun productions! I enjoy teaching students to discover their voices, stories, and joys as they create, sing, act, and play. The arts can also strengthen writing skills, communication, leadership, confidence, and more. Immigrating from the Philippines (MABUHAY!), I grew up with a passion for the arts – wanting to be a DJ, movie star, or rock star (who sings a lot of love songs). I thank my parents for their own passion -especially in their Catholic faith and the value of education. Catholic schools inspired me throughout my life, starting at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Riverside. That’s where I met people who amazed me – including teachers, classmates, and my best friend since 6th grade!

My professional media experience started at L.A. radio station 104.3 FM, writing copy and becoming the Music Director (with a lot of love songs!). I left that to pursue the performing arts…while wanting to try TEACHING. I’ve taught full-time many years, beginning at St. Dominic Catholic School in Eagle Rock. There, I met my beloved teaching mentor Mr. Castro (he loved Mondays!). I also instructed at a Catholic college for 5 years in Mexico City – serving as Film Department Director for Universidad Panamericana. There, I was so inspired by my students; after the 2017 earthquake, I witnessed these millennials use their energy, selflessness, and social media to connect and help others throughout the city.

Returning to the US, I was recruited to be the dean of students for a Catholic high school – but decided to focus on professional creative work again, while teaching part-time. I realize that both are indeed my passion. Now at ABVM, I once again am inspired by people who amaze me – this time, they’re the teachers I work with and the students I teach. Oh, and don’t be surprised if you hear our choir sing a love song…or lots.