News Pulling Back The Curtains

Burr inspires students to look behind the lens

By Christian Guerithault ’14
THE ROUNDUP

Photo by Roan Enright '13--Mr. Pete Burr '07 helps a student during his video production class in Eller on April 22.

Brophy has promotional videos for almost everything these days, but who is really responsible for making these videos?

After graduating six years ago, Mr. Pete Burr ’07 is back at Brophy as the Digital Media Manager.

“I was originally hired to create content for both the school’s side and the president’s office side that would bring what the school does to a larger community. I think it’s done that with the YouTube page a little bit,” Mr. Burr said. “We have been able to reach bigger parts of the community and show them some of the wonderful stuff that Brophy does.”

Mr. Burr is one of the heads of Student Council this year, and after the departure of Mr. Tommy Smith, Mr. Burr was chosen to take all of Mr. Smith’s Video Production classes this semester.

“I am more of a full-time teacher this semester,” Mr. Burr said. “I have Leadership, three Video Production classes, one Advanced Video Production class and I coach freshman baseball.”

One of Mr. Burr’s students from Student Council, Peter McNeil ’14, had a lot of praise for Mr. Burr.

Mr. Burr is very smart but not in an intimidating way. If ever I have a question, I want to ask him because he will tell me something straight and honest,” McNeil said. “I can also talk to him about important things in my life like sports, girls and the breakup of LCD Sound System. He can be your friend and still retain his mature personality.”

Mr. Burr said he is a proud graduate of the University of Arizona, where he majored in media arts.

Mr. Burr does not just spend all of his time on Brophy and work related things.

“I’m a big cyclist, whether that’s anything on a bike, usually mountain biking or road biking. I live close so I kind of do everything by bike,” Mr. Burr said.

“It’s kind of a blessing that anything video related is a hobby of mine too, it spills over and I love just capturing whatever I’m doing; I usually always have a camera on me,” Mr. Burr said.

McNeil said that Mr. Burr is a teacher who can relate to the students.

Mr. Burr is an excellent guy,” McNeil said. “He is approachable and relatable. He is great to have on Student Council because he will give us ample space to construct crazy ideas for dances and promotions, but he will still work with all of us to achieve what we want, which he reminds us is the benefit of everyone’s Brophy experience.” 

Mr. Burr has role models; he said he looks up to certain people in the world.

“The people that I look up to are people who make tough decisions when they know they’re going to be unpopular and know that they are going to have to deal with the misery that is that tough decision but they do it because they know it’s right,” Mr. Burr said.

Mr. Burr is only finishing up his second year as a Brophy faculty member, but he has already begun to make a lasting effect on students.

Mr. Burr not only fills the necessity for a computer genius on campus, but as previously mentioned he’s an approachable guy and easily bridges the gap between the students and faculty,” McNeil said.