Faculty Spotlight – Ms. Gwendolyn Brandt
How many years have you been at Brebeuf and in what capacities?
This is my second year year here at Brebeuf, but it’s my 22nd year as a math teacher. I teach Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry.
What’s your favorite thing about the role you play at Brebeuf?
I absolutely love math, so any time I’m getting to work math problems, I’m happy. However, the reason I became a teacher is because I love helping people. So, any time I get to help students, I’m ecstatic.
What makes Brebeuf different from other area high schools?
Well, I’ve never taught at (or attended) another area high school, so I’m not sure if I can accurately answer this question. But, I must say that school is school no matter where I’ve been. What sets Brebeuf apart from the rest for me, though, is the quality of my math colleagues here in the math office and the amount of time during the day available for me to help my students. Also, I really appreciate the school’s dedication to social justice and diversity.
Describe a memorable moment from your time at Brebeuf.
Even though I love teaching, I think that my most memorable moments here at Brebeuf have involved time spent with my fellow math teachers. I’ve never worked with such wonderful people; the math department members are professional, extremely knowledgeable, concerned about their students, and (what might be surprising to some) hilarious. It’s wonderful getting to share an office with them; I learn so much from them every day, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I “steal” from them constantly. I love listening to the different ways they explain material, and whenever I hear an explanation that’s better than what I would have said, I file it away to use it later. Plus, they keep me sane with their senses of humor. We laugh all day long, and I appreciate them more than they probably know.
If one of your friends was considering sending their child to Brebeuf, what would you tell them?
Actually, I do have a friend who is considering sending her daughter here, and we have spent many hours at the pool during the summer talking about how Brebeuf is the place for her. I can’t imagine a school where her teachers would care more about her daughter’s academic and social well-being than Brebeuf.
What’s something that challenges you, and how do you navigate that challenge?
I am hands-down the most unorganized person in the math office. I don’t know that I’d say that I actually navigate that challenge—I just basically have learned to live with it. Maybe one of these days I’ll manage to make some progress in that area of my life. I know that my husband sure would appreciate it if I did.
Who inspires you?
My daddy is my hero—always has been, and always will be.
What do you like to do in your spare time, when not working at Brebeuf?
My husband and I are both sports nuts, so we love to watch a good ballgame every chance we get. The two of us go out to eat a lot, too, because I’m a horrible cook and we just enjoy eating out. We also love to travel–even though we usually only have time for quick weekend jaunts. And, I love to hang out with the two greatest stepdaughters (Chloe and Sadie) the world has ever known any chance I get.
Tell us something about you that most people don’t know…
I’m pretty much an open book once you get to know me, so there’s not a lot people don’t know about me. But, we were Memphis Grizzlies season ticket holders when we lived in Memphis, so we’ll be at Bankers Life in a few days rooting on the Grizz. Grit & Grind!