Faculty Spotlight – Mr. Larry Lenne
What’s your favorite thing about the role you play at Brebeuf?
I like teaching freshman and senior classes. It’s nice to see how the students have grown over the four years. I have also enjoyed the flexibility to participate in the retreat and service day programs.
What surprised you most about your first year at Brebeuf?
I was surprised by how motivated my students were to learn. I was taken aback that they would give up free time to meet with me during a PRT.
How many years have you been at Brebeuf and in what capacities?
I’m starting my 12th year as a math teacher at Brebeuf. I have taught all grades, but currently don’t have any sophomore classes.
What makes Brebeuf different from other area high schools?
At Brebeuf everyone seems to get along with one another. I can’t recall witnessing any fights or major disagreements in all the time I’ve been here.
Describe a memorable moment from your time at Brebeuf.
The retreats and service days are always memorable. It’s amazing to see the students opening up and sharing with me, their math teacher. It was also great fun being the culprit in the CSI event one year.
If one of your friends was considering sending their child to Brebeuf, what would you tell them?
I would tell them that it’s a great place that will challenge and love their child.
What’s something that challenges you, and how do you navigate that challenge?
Whenever a concept or problem challenges me, I simply ask a colleague for advice. It works everytime.
Who inspires you?
The other math teachers at Brebeuf. I like that we have department centers. I hear and see them interacting with students and am inspired to be the best teacher I can be.
What do you like to do in your spare time, when not working at Brebeuf?
I like to ride one of my bicycles in my spare time. I rode over 9000 miles in 2015 and took a 500-mile bike camping trip around Michigan this past summer. I also started racing with Team Heroes in 2016. I’m proud to be a part of the Heroes because they provide meaningful support to cancer patients, education to promote cancer prevention and resources to advance research for a cure.
Tell us something about you that most people don’t know…
I had curly hair as a freshman in high school.
We asked Madeleine Watson ’17 – “What makes Mr. Lenne a great teacher?”
Madeleine’s response: I had Mr. Lenne for two years and I liked how he was always excited to teach when he came to class. He always encouraged us to ask questions and to go see him if we needed help. Mr. Lenne was always helpful and patient when we were confused. I also really enjoyed how he made his notes short and clear, because it gave us time in class to get ahead on the homework and ask questions if we needed help.