Originally Published May 23rd, 2017 by Josh Zielke
Coming in at a height of six feet two inches, weighing in at an undisclosed amount of grams, the valiant volleyball visionary Eric Brandenburg comes to teach the students of Franklin High School the fundamentals of Chemistry and Physical Science. With a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, he brings knowledge to the classroom in a variety of different ways. Whether it be through the words from his mouth or the waving of his hands, he knows how to get his students engaged in the topic and ready to learn about the scientific world.
What classes do you teach here at the high school?
“I teach Chemistry and physical science.”
What is your educational background?
“I graduated with my bachelors degree in secondary education from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. I double minored in chemistry and physics.”
What were you like in high school?
“I was not a good student, I really wasn’t. I was a pretty awful student. I actively slept in all of my classes, which made teachers not like me a terrible amount, which made my life very difficult in high school. But I mean I did okay, I graduated, and then I went on to college to be a better student. So, forward ever forward.”
What is your favorite part about working here?
“I genuinely enjoy the students I get to work with…I do actually enjoy the people I work with though, from the staff and all that to the students as well. It’s nice to be part of a community where I feel supported by administrators as well as other science staff members and to work with the majority of kids that genuinely want to learn.”
Do you have some exciting stories from teaching?
“One time I watched a student shock himself because he shoved scissors into an outlet. Very exciting, right? It’s shocking, even. [ — Uncontrollable laughter — ] It wasn’t here by the way, it was at the last school I was at.”
What is your best advice for high school students?
“Even if you don’t know what to do on the homework, just try. You might be surprised that you actually do know. Sincerely, effort over outcome. Just try sometimes and you’ll be surprised at what actually happens.”
Stay tuned to the Saber Slate for more info about your amazing teachers here at Franklin High!