GouldSPOTLIGHT: Brett Shifrin

October 24, 2017

Name: Brett Shifrin

High School: North Allegheny Senior High School, Wexford, Pa

College/Grad School: Miami University

What are your roles at Gould? Math Teacher, Cycling Coach, Snowboard Coach, Advisor, Director of Ninth Grade Program

Proudest Achievement: I believe that each achievement is a step towards a healthier, more enriching, and rewarding life that is balanced with the values of family, learning, growing and work.

Last book I read: Against The Gods, The Remarkable Story of Risk by Peter L. Bernstein

My soundtrack is: Rusted Root Send Me On My Way

Movie I would recommend: Victory or Blues Brothers

Favorite food: Freshly baked bread from my own oven

Words that describe me: Love to learn

Best advice I ever received: Focus on what you can control or influence

Why Gould? I enjoying interacting with the students who have a desire to learn and grow. Their desire to improve and work to meet this desire while embracing the difficulties of being a young person in 2017 is gratifying to play a small part. The connection with my colleagues, alumni, and school families reinforces the benefits of engaging in this learning community and putting each person’s perspective, needs, and goals front and center. I take great joy in seeing my current students feel confident and comfortable as learners and am constantly impressed with who my former students have become and what they are doing.

What’s the last thing you crossed off your bucket list?
I cycled 113 miles from Weld through Rangeley and Errol to Bethel on my birthday and want to thank my spouse, Sara, and daughter Mia for giving me the day to do it.

What are your interests/hobbies? Soccer, Personal Finance, Cycling, Family, Hiking, Canoeing

What is your spirit animal? Bugs Bunny


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