While volunteering at Tuesday’s Table, a free community meal, Soltani met Gwen Doyle with St. Joe’s Youth Faith Formation. Doyle introduced Soltani to St. Joe’s Wednesday nights children’s program.
Remembering his niece and nephew back home, Soltani enjoys working with the youth program. He helps the kids study their faith and teaches them what it is to be a good person. He’s also learning what it takes to be a good teacher.
“Fedi is wonderful!” Doyle said. “He came early to set up tables, came to our worship service to sit with the kids, helped clean up and helped with computer issues. Everything I asked him to do, he said, ‘No problem.’ He was such a joy to have here and has a very positive attitude. He’s an outstanding young man!”
As a Muslim, working at a Catholic school is a unique experience for Soltani.
“It’s good to know we can live together and learn how people co-exist,” he said. “It doesn’t matter who you are. It's what you do that matters.”
Soltani has one year left to finish his degree. He’d like to return to UW-Stout for his master’s. In the meantime, he plans to visit Silicon Valley. “As a tech guy, this is a dream,” he said.