“We were excited about being able to work in the same place in a tight knit community and start a family.”
- Beau Farrell
Jen and Beau Farrell arrived at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in August, 2015 as a “package deal.” Beau joined the Girls Soccer Center of Excellence coaching staff and Jen stepped in as a school counselor and member of the health services staff. “Neither one of us have worked at a boarding school,” Beau said. “But we were excited about being able to work in the same place in a tight knit community and start a family.”
Living on the St. James campus, the Farrells quickly adapted to a lifestyle that includes dining hall meals with students and other faculty families, duty commitments, practices, counseling sessions, and busy weekends.
Life before SSM had the Farrells in warmer parts of the U.S., including five years in St. Louis where Jen worked at the collegiate level and pursued a second master’s degree and where Beau coached club soccer and worked as a personal trainer. They met in 2009 in Miami when they were both students at Barry University and shared a love of soccer. They played on co-ed teams for a number of years before arriving in Faribault. Jen is originally from Clinton, New York and Beau is from Eagle River, Wis. They were reminded of the winters of their youth when they moved to Minnesota.
Jen and Beau became parents for the first time on November 16, 2016 when Savannah was born. Now, they are feeling especially fortunate to be a part of the SSM community. “When we had Savannah, so many people offered to help out and brought us meals as we adjusted to life as new parents,” Jen said. “It has been fun to see how much the students love to be around Savannah and have embraced her as part of the SSM family. It truly is a very special and unique place to work.”