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The Teacher & Student Connection

The people we meet throughout our lives help shape who we are today. As a senior at Christian Brothers, myself and others have been influenced by teachers at this school to be successful. At CB, the teachers build strong connections with students and from that comes great advice, a work ethic, and a personal friend. […]

The people we meet throughout our lives help shape who we are today. As a senior at Christian Brothers, myself and others have been influenced by teachers at this school to be successful. At CB, the teachers build strong connections with students and from that comes great advice, a work ethic, and a personal friend.

Throughout my years at CB, there have been teachers who affected my work ethic and changed the way I view the world. My values and views of morality has changed due to Mr. Paul Havey ’81 and his Sophomore Religion class. His class gave me a whole different view of the world by showing us parts of the world that are less fortunate and to be grateful for what I have. It led me to be more empathetic and selfless, traits I continue to use today. His class showed me how to connect with my religion, which is something I have never felt before.

Another teacher, Mr. Dave Anderson ’07 who taught me in my sophomore and junior literature classes, has spiked my work ethic for school and outside goals. My time with him from sophomore to junior year has taught me responsibility and time management, one of the many important traits I will need in life. He would give assignments days before they are due and time in class to work on them. It was up to the individual to get it done early in class or stay up late the night before it is due. I took advantage of this class time and getting work done at any opportunity was taken into my other classes. One thing I will never forget is that he said “If you work hard, it’ll pay off with a good outcome”. I use this to remember to aim for high goals not just for school, but life in general.

The teachers at Christian Brothers are here to improve and prepare us for the real world. The class of 2021 has connections with numerous teachers who guided them in order to prepare for the future.

Aldrei Barroga (’21) says that ” [biology teacher] Mrs. Brousseau was my most memorable teacher because her teaching style was very unique and she helped me gain a lot of knowledge on biology and how to prepare for the future in life”.

“Math was not really my strongest subject during freshman year, but [math teacher] Mrs. Albright (’04) worked with me after school to help me understand the concepts and formulas for geometry” says Zacharias Abdali (’21).

Compared to other schools, the CB teachers and students develop a strong connection. Ethan Montanez (’21) says that “my most memorable teacher that has impacted me is Mr. Anderson. He is a kind and understanding person who truly cares about his students. He’s also an unconditional advocate for his students’ success”.

Coming into freshman year, a student needs guidance. The teachers at Christian Brothers have given numerous tips on how to be successful in school and prepping their students for the future.

“When I first came to Christian Brothers, I did not know how to manage my time or study for tests as middle school felt way easier,” Aldrei says. “As a freshman, Mrs Brousseau gave my classmates and I tips on how to properly study for tests and manage time better outside the class room”.

The teachers at Christian Brothers are not only there for school purposes, but also can be seen as friends. “[Class of 2021 counselor] Mr. John Riley-Portal and Mr. Anderson were two people who always made sure their students were doing okay,” Ethan says. “By just being there, they gave me a sense of reassurance in school and life”.

“A majority of my difficulties with Christian Brothers’ curriculum was during junior year” says Zacharias. “One of the most helpful teachers during this time was [history teacher] Mrs. Hanshew, as she always went out of her way to check on our class, both individually and as a whole”.

CB’s devout staff is here to help students pursue their passion and become successful. They push the students to their limits and have high expectations for them. It is all about the learning environment, as the teachers want us to be at our best in order to succeed.

“[History & psychology teacher] Mr. Hood inspired me to try and go into the psychological field” Zacharias says. “I was genuinely interested in every aspect of the subject. The work did not feel like a burden, and I looked forward to every class each week”.

“A teacher who helps you pursue your career is someone who encourages you to follow your passion,” Ethan says. “By seeing [literature teacher] Ms. Bowers love and dedication for teaching, it inspired me to find something I can be just as passionate about. After Christian Brothers, I plan to pursue a masters degree in accounting.”

“Mrs. Brousseau has helped me pursue a future career because she has given me skills that I will take forward into college,” Aldrei says. “She also has been able to teach me biology in such a memorable way that will help me with the more difficult STEM classes going into college. I want to take a pre-med course through undergraduate school and hopefully go to medical school to eventually become a doctor”.

Christian Brothers teachers are not only there to educate but to be there as a guide for life. These teachers can stick with you throughout the years in high school and guide students whether that is with a future career or life. The connection between a student and teacher has a chance to change lives and open new opportunities.

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