Teacher Tuesday Profile: Brian Donovan

This week it’s Brian Donovan’s turn in the hot seat!  Enjoy learning more about Mr. Donovan!

What is your name, and what grade/specialty do you teach?
My name is Mr. Donovan, and I am 4th grade teacher.

Tell us a bit about your family.  Do you have kids?  If so, what ages are they?  Do you have pets?
I have two grown daughters who both married recently.  Emily is a registered nurse.  Caroline’s career path is TBD.  I am currently living in a pet-free house.

What are your hobbies?  What do you love to do outside of work?
I enjoy reading histories and biographies.  NYT crossword puzzles are also fun.  I love the game of chess and regularly play online with people around the world.  In the past, I traveled extensively during the summer months.  I have visited over 30 countries on 5 continents.  At home, I usually have jazz or classical music playing.  I also enjoy performances of the Seattle Opera several times a year.

How long have you been teaching, and how many years at Crescent Heights?
I have been teaching 3rd, 4th and 5th grades since 2001.  This is my second year at Crescent Heights.

What is the funniest thing a student has ever done in your class?
This is a tough question!  Something funny happens just about every day.  One example was the day that a student became confused when reading about the Cherokee Indians.  When he came to the word “Cherokee” it came out “karaoke”.  Ths led to a stimulating discussion about technology in 3rd grade.  After we discussed the correct pronunciation, we learned that those delightful machines had not yet been invented for our Native American friends to enjoy.

If you weren’t a teacher, what else would you love to do as your career?
I was born to teach.  I really can’t think of any other profession where I could be paid to come in to work and have fun every day!

Tell us one thing you’d love for the families of Crescent Heights to know about you.
I consider it a great honor and privilege to be on the staff at such a fine school.  I am extremely grateful to be part of this wonderful learning community.

“Born to teach”.  Love it!!  Thank you, Mr. Donovan!

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