By Mason Smith ’11
Mr. Tim Broyles talks of ‘teacher heaven,’ snowball, water balloon fights
Mr. Nelson’s ’97 question from April’s “Teacher’s Pet:” What’s the best way to eat a dog? A hot dog that is.
Oh my God! What a great question!
A Sonoran Hotdog. It’s like a heart attack on a bun—but it’s so good.
Google it, or just drive north on 19th Avenue at about Hatcher.
You’ll find one.
Where were you born?
I was born on a windy Sunday morning at Bataan Memorial Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
How long have you been at Brophy?
Most days it seems like I just got here yesterday.
As Mrs. Dunnion told me in the summer of 1993, this is teacher heaven.
It still is after all these years.
I started in 1993, left for three years in Mexico from 1997 to 2000.
What’s the biggest change to Brophy since you’ve been here?
There have been so many changes, and most of them have been positive.
Obviously, the facilities have changed in a huge way, and that is an amazing benefit to students and faculty.
But I also think that this faculty is really quite exceptional.
How many languages can you speak?
One and a half.
Are you fluent in Spanish?
I speak decent Spanish, but I still make tons of mistakes.
I love the language, and I love music from Latin America.
Where/how did you learn Spanish?
When I went to be a volunteer at a homeless shelter in Mexico in 1991, the people that lived with us taught me how to speak.
Does religion play a factor in your life?
Not much, you?
Well, yes. I went on a Kairos retreat in 1983 that really changed my entire life.
If I hadn’t gone on that Kairos, it was the start of my walk with God and his people.
It’s that simple.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
That’s an interesting question.
The answer is I pretty much can live anywhere in the world.
I have chosen to live here in Phoenix.
My wife is from Marin County; it’s just beautiful.
Unfortunately, it’s as expensive as it is beautiful.
Who would you want to see in a fight out of the teachers?
Hmmm, how about Galante versus Dunnion?
That would be amazing.
But it would have to be a snowball fight or water balloon fight.
I’m not into fighting.
Who would win?
Dunnion, no doubt, she’s got the reach on him.
Please pose another question for next teacher interviewed
Your top three movies of all time and why.