WoFo’s Teacher Spotlight features awesome educators who are dedicated to teaching and inspiring young people everyday.
In this edition, WoFo features history teacher, coach, and New York Jets fan Byran Fisher. I would like to thank Bryan for his interview and for his dedication to the teaching profession.
Relationships are the foundation of great teaching.
Besides being a teacher Bryan Fisher is….
a father, a soccer and lacrosse coach and a New York Jets fan.
Where do you currently teach, what do you teach and for how long?
I currently teach World History and Multicultural Studies at West Windsor Plainsboro High School South. I am in my 16th year in education. I am also the Head Boys Varsity Soccer coach at South and the Head Girls Lacrosse coach at Notre Dame High School.
What is your favorite lesson to teach and why?
I think my favorite lesson to teach every day is about teamwork. The time when “teammate” is needed is always now. I try and encourage my students and athletes to be teammates every second of the day.
Additionally, my favorite lesson in the classroom involves the beauty of Renaissance Art. There is no better way to start a new school year in September than with Michelangelo’s “David” and Sandro Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus.”
If for one day you were in charge of your school what would you do?
I would make it a point to stop in every classroom and simply smile and say thank you to the entire staff. There is a real power in a gesture of thanks!
If you could write one quote on the board for your students what would it be?
“I believe that we are here for each other, not against each other.”
If you weren’t a teacher, what would you be?
I love talking with people. Maybe a bartender or a politician.
What advice would you give to all new teachers?
To not be afraid to build relationships with their colleagues, administrators and students. Relationships are the foundation of great teaching.
If the best thing about teaching is the students, what’s the second best thing?
Who inspires you?
I’m inspired by my family every day. My Grandmother, Mother, Sister, Brother and Wife are all educators.
My classroom superpower is…
the Power of Inclusion because I try and make everyone feel valued and seen.
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