By Alex Stanley ’12
Mr. Broyles’ question from May 2011 “Teacher’s Pet”: What are your top three movies of all time and why?
One would have to be “The Princess Bride,” it is just a classic.
I first watched it at my grandparent’s house and didn’t really understand it. But my cousin told me it was the best movie ever, and I have liked it since then.
Also, “Happy Gilmore” not necessarily for the quality, but the memories associated with it. It was a perfect movie to represent living with my brothers, it was just funny.
Lastly – can I say all of the “Lord of the Rings?” I love the entire saga so much.
How is your freshman year of teaching going so far?
It is a lot of work, but it is never boring. I like getting creative with JUGS; it is the surprise highlight of what I do.
Have you bought a pass to the pool on top of the gym yet?
I didn’t even know there was a pool on top of the gym. But, I will need to do that.
There actually isn’t a pool on top of the gym. It’s a freshman joke.
Oh, really? That’s fantastic.
Where did you go to college?
For undergrad I went to ASU, and NAU for graduate school.
Your last job was at NAU, correct?
Yes, I was a teacher.
What is your response when people call NAU a school full of hippies?
They are partly right. I think that it is more just a town full of hippies.
It is one of the only places where you can teach in jeans and a t-shirt, and guys having hair down to their waist is completely acceptable.
You’ll see diversity everywhere though.
What kind of music do you listen to?
Whatever is on the radio, especially relaxing stuff like Jack Johnson and Coldplay.
Music that will put me into a good mood while grading.
Do you have any thoughts about further decorating your room?
Besides that I badly need to add some personality to it!
I want to add stuff that students create. My geometry class in particular will be helpful there.
We can do a lot of fun stuff with shapes.
Have you thought about zebra-striped wallpaper?
I would, but I don’t think that the administration would let me. Everything I put up needs to be relatively easy to take down.
That’s a shame.
It is. I was going to go all crazy—put zebra on one wall, leopard on the other and crazy colored polka dots.
How can students earn an A in one of your classes?
Know the material. Effort is a huge thing as well; I definitely take note of the students who go the extra mile.
Nothing under the table—no unmarked checks or chocolate cake?
Well, you know we are on video. I like to keep that sort of stuff quiet.
Pose a question for the next teacher.
If you could go anywhere in the world for 15 minutes, where would you go, when and why?