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Hubbell embraces nickname as ‘the ultimate sub’

Hubbell challenges Heideman to battle for title of best sub

Photo by Ben Jackson '11 - Mr. Ryan Hubbell fills spots for absent teachers as a substitute.

By Erik T. Masingill ’12

When teachers are not present for class, the normal reaction for students has been to look for Mr. Scott Heideman.

However, a new faculty member, Mr. Ryan Hubbell, is also a regular substitute this year.

Mr. Hubbell came to Brophy because of all the opportunities it provides students.

“I did not know a lot about the Jesuits before I applied here at Brophy,” he said. “When I did arrive at Brophy, I really enjoyed learning about them.”

“I also enjoy the things Brophy does for the students outside of the classroom with the clubs, retreats, etc,” he added. “The students all love being a part of the Brophy community, and I like being a part of that community.”

Mr. Hubbell described himself as an “annoying music buff.” When not teaching, he spends his time playing guitar and golf, cheering for the Phoenix Suns, or with his wife.

Although Mr. Hubbell is new to Brophy this year, faculty members already have grown well attached to him as friends.

Ms. Kelly Guffey has known me over a decade, and her brother even was the best man in my wedding,” he said. “I always talk to Mr. John Damaso ’97, and Ms. Hollie Haycock is another awesome human being.”

Mr. Hubbell teaches Western Civilization during third period then spends the rest of his day subbing.

He said he finds enjoyment in subbing.

“I have access to a diverse cross section of the student body,” Mr. Hubbell said. “I try to get involved in conversations with many groups of students like Student Council and clubs such as speech and debate.”

Although he enjoys subbing, he hopes to create a different public opinion about himself.

“I hope the students see me more than just the sub-guy, but that is to be expected of them,” he said.

However, Mr. Hubbell will always be prepared to sub any time of any given day.

“I will embrace the nickname of ‘the ultimate sub’,” he said. “You need anything and I will substitute.”

Mr. Hubbell had thoughts of going head-to-head against Mr. Heideman for the best sub at Brophy.

“In a battle royale between Mr. Heideman and I for best sub, it would be close with two different styles having a fight to the death. If he has 212, then I have 213,” he said.

Mr. Heideman had some thoughts of his own about a possible “fight to the death.”

“There is nothing higher than 212. Once the water is boiling, it does not matter how hot the water is. There is no 213. The number line ends at 212,” he said.

“Seriously though, he is a good guy,” Mr. Heideman added.

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