Brodeersen's Love of Science Helps Students, Teachers
By: Michelle Angel, Junior Writer
For many people, their job is just that -- a job. For Hillcrest High School Science Teacher Mr. Brodeersen, his job is to teach people about his one true passion -- science!
Mr. Brodeersen has taught Earth Science at Hillcrest High School for quite some time now. “I chose to teach Earth Science because I enjoy the course and am very eager for students to be educated with the knowledge of Earth Science.” Mr. Brodeerseen enjoys teaching the course of Earth Science because it involves so many different sciences which are all interesting. He also thinks that it makes a daunting course because there is so much subject matter to learn.
Mr. Brodeersen has such a great amount of passion for Earth Science that it is astonishing. To many students, Mr. Brodeersen is one of the few teachers they don’t really complain about.
To other Earth Science teachers, he is someone willing to lend a helping hand in their teachings and lesson plans. Mr. Brodeersen is such a huge helping hand with other Earth Science teachers and them to him as well. “The Earth Science department really works together well,” and he tries to help everyone out as much as he can. So in that regard, he feels that in the Earth Science Department here at Hillcrest, he is more of a mentor to the other teachers in the department because he states that he has experience teaching the subject and know what works and what doesn’t. Mr. Brodeersen is a teacher who inspires other people as well as his own students to succeed and try harder in life.
Mr. Brodeersen’s inspiration in his life was when he was a lifeguard and surfer while living in Long Island. Mr. Brodeersen started to have interest in Earth Science when he started surfing in the third grade. He began to be interested in weather and weather reports, and what creates waves and wave models. He has always been interested in the science of how things work. He also says “I get that from my Dad and grandfather.”
The love of science and sharing that love is what brought him to teaching. “What job can I get where I can teach stuff that I am truly interested in?” He is constantly taking more classes, going to seminars or scientific talks to learn more about it. There are still things he wants to learn about the earth. That’s what makes Earth Science great for Mr. Brodeersen.
Mr. Brodeersen’s goal this year is to have at least 80 percent of his class pass the Earth Science regents. This goal is difficult to him here at Hillcrest because of a few reasons. The first is student attendance. He states “How can a student expect to pass if he or she is not in class learning EVERY lesson?” Also, part of this is that students just skip the test thinking that if they don’t take it, it will just go away. Mr. Brodeersen stated, “these numbers hurt our passing percentages.” Not only does Mr. Brodersen want something good for the students and himself, but wants the good for other Earth Science teachers as well.
Mr. Brodeersen is an Earth Science teacher at Hillcrest High School who has an interesting background story and a wonderful career life. Mr. Brodeersen does his best to help students and lend a helping hand to other Earth Science teachers as well. Mr. Brodeersen believes that there is still so much to learn about the earth and just everything about it. That is why Mr. Brodeersen enjoys Earth Science so much and why he continues to pursue his interests in his career as well.