New Teacher Interview: Mrs. Brodeur: by James Messier

Mrs. Brodeur is another “new” addition to Memorial’s staff. However, this isn’t the English teacher’s first rodeo at Memorial.

What did you want to be growing up?

  • “My mom says I wanted to be a lawyer. I don’t remember this, but it sounds wrong.”

Did you ever imagine yourself doing this job?

  • “I considered teaching when I was an undergrad. I even did a student teaching stint in a fifth grade classroom. One of the students squeezed an entire tube of toothpaste into his mouth. I’ve never really gotten over it. I decided to pursue teaching again in my mid-twenties, and I started looking at high school positions. I took my first teaching job at Memorial in 2004.”

Why did you take this job?

  • “I always planned to come back to Memorial. My kids went off to school, so it was time for me to do the same.”

How is it going so far?

  • “Imagine being really enthusiastic, but also completely exhausted.”

Did you know what to expect?

  • “When I started teaching here, I had no idea what to expect. I had to learn how to manage my classroom. I relied heavily on the textbooks and a few hand-me-down binders from veteran teachers. The first time grades were due, I pulled an all-nighter correcting. This time, I knew what to expect. I am more relaxed, and I try to have fun in my classes.”

What brought you back to Memorial?

  • “The people. Lunch is pretty good, too.”

How has Memorial changed in your absence?

  • “I haven’t been gone for that long, but some things have definitely changed. Students seem to have more school spirit, which is pretty cool. Cell phones and social media have created many additional challenges. There’s no G lunch?”

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