By Priscilla Kadima
Formerly a Wood Hill Middle School science teacher, Mr. Brodeur recently connected with the Warrior Weekly to reflect on his first few months at Andover High School.
Q: When did you decide to move from Wood Hill Middle School to Andover High?
That’s a good question. At the end of last year Mr. Bucco [the Wood Hill principal] had said that he wanted me to start teaching eighth grade but I really don’t like the eighth-grade curriculum…it’s all the stuff I really don’t like, and I’m just not passionate about it. I can’t teach something if I’m not passionate about it. So when I heard there was an opening at Andover High for a physical science teacher, I thought it was the perfect opportunity.
Q: Did you have any fears or concerns before coming to Andover High?
No, not really. In fact, one of the things that I was looking forward to was seeing my former students. It’s been really interesting to see how they all have changed. Yesterday at lunch I was talking to a former student and now she’s a senior.
Q: What compelled you to want to be a science teacher?
Well, I love science. I love working with kids. So teaching was kind of the perfect marriage of the two.
Q: What do you enjoy most about teaching?
There are so many things that I enjoy about teaching. I know I’ve had a really good day when I hear “Oh I get it!” and [a student makes] a connection between what we’re doing in class and everyday life.
Q: What do you dislike about teaching?
I’d have to say the long hours. To be a good teacher it requires a lot of time outside of the classroom — after school, weekends. That can take a toll, but it’s worth it.
Q: What are your hobbies and interests outside of school?
I love gardening, I love wood working and building things, and teaching myself classical guitar.
Q: Do you have any unique hobbies?
I love to bake…people say I’m good at it. I make a pretty mean quiche.
Q: Who is your greatest influence?
There are so many people who inspire me to be my best. One is my family. My mom is a hospice nurse. My sister is a nurse who deals with people with brain trauma. My dad served in the Marine Corps. They have taught me about helping others and putting others before myself.