St John Baptist de La Salle was born on the 30 April 1651 in Rheims, France. He is known as the father of modern education who founded the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (Christian Brothers) in 1681 as well as establishing and supporting academic education for all boys. John instituted the process of dividing students into grades; established the first teacher‘s school, started high schools and trade schools. St John Baptist de La Salle died on the 7 April 1719 and was canonised by Pope Leo XIII in 1900. He is declared the patron saint of all teachers.