New Year, New Faces Part 3: Mr. James Imperatrice '19

Written on 11/01/2023
Jack Lyons '24

Meet some of the new faces in the Farrell faculty for 2023-24 school year!

Another school year is upon us, and there is plenty of new to be had at Farrell. There's a new freshman classes. We now have a new Denino's at the Den. There are new writers for The Lion.

One other noticable thing this school year at Farrell: New faculty. And there are plenty of them!

There are new faces that are joining the familiar in just about every department at Farrell this year. And now is your chance to meet them in this continuing series!

Several of the members of The Lion reached got in touch with these faculty members to hear their thoughts on joining Farrell and what they hope to accomplish.

From everyone at The Lion, we wish these faculty members -- as well as the rest of the Farrell faculty, the Farrell students, and the Farrell leadership team -- an excellent 2023-24 school year!


Mr. James Imperatrice teaches English to freshmen and sophomore students.



A 2019 graduate of Monsignor Farrell, Mr. James Imperatrice looks to expand students' appreciation for literature. As a member of the English Department, Mr. Imperatrice explores various literary genres for freshmen students and focuses on British literature with themes of power and rebellion for sophomores.

Mr. Imperatrice took time out of his busy day to speak with The Lion to discuss what he hopes to accomplish here at Farrell. We thank him for his time!

What do you teach?

9th and 10th grade English

What is it like to come back to Monsignor Farrell to teach?

It is pretty special and tricky to put into exact words. It almost feels like I never left in some ways! It is truly an honor to be able to become part of the faculty that shaped and guided me toward becoming who I am today. I want to give that same level of commitment as they did to me to all my students.

What got you into teaching?

I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. Even as a child, I knew it was what I wanted to do. It would almost seem like doing anything else would be "wrong." Surprisingly, I almost considered becoming a science teacher. I loved science and did well in it at Farrell. Yet, I could not deny my passion for English!

Pictured above: Mr. Imperatrice discusses the Ray Bradbury short story "A Sound of Thunder" with his freshmen.


What made you choose Farrell?

I’ll answer this in a two-fold way. I chose Farrell as a student because it seemed like where I belonged. It was one of those "feelings." Honestly, I usually follow my intuition and inner "feelings" with most things. As a teacher, I couldn’t imagine not being at Farrell. I was molded into who I am because of the teachers here. Why wouldn't I want to be part of that genuine legacy?

What are your interests and hobbies outside of Farrell and teaching?

Movies (especially horror), video games, board games, 3D printing, reading, writing (I even have a published literary essay in an academic journal!)

Is there anything that you want or wish to accomplish during your time here?

Although teachers should always begin with the end in mind when planning, my goals at Farrell are not set in stone. Instead, I just want to be the best version of myself and help guide my students to do the same. My most considerable hope is to leave my students with a newfound appreciation for why we study literature. Otherwise, I am open to seeing where this journey takes me!