By Chris Agnone ’18
Brophy, like any school, hires new faculty, experienced and neophyte, through a complex process that seems to be different for each individual.
Teachers and staff have found interest in Brophy through many different venues.
College counselor Mr. Gil Martinez found Brophy through his job at the University of Notre Dame, where he was an admissions officer and traveled to schools around the West.
“Every year that I would visit high schools, I would visit Brophy,” Mr. Martinez said. “That is how I saw what Brophy had to offer … I saw that Brophy was probably the best school in the state.”
Mr. Martinez had worked with Ms. Katie Widbin at Notre Dame for three years, until she moved to Brophy.
In 2008, Ms. Widbin emailed Mr. Martinez about Brophy and how much she loved it.
“I flew in to visit and talk about the position and it went really well,” Mr. Martinez said. “I met with a lot of faculty and then talked to a Loyola Academy class for a full period. It was definitely a unique hiring experience.”
Mr. Martinez said that the hiring process is pretty unique for faculty at Brophy.
“I think that it is very unique how different faculty members arrive here … it is a very eclectic group and they come from all over the world,” Mr. Martinez said. “This speaks to the administration, especially Mr. Bob Ryan, for being able to reach out and make connections with people.”
When someone is asked to interview, they usually talk to three or four groups of people like teaching and nonteaching faculty.
“The hiring process has not changed much since I was hired her 26 years ago,” said English teacher Mrs. Dorothy Dunnion.
Similarly to Mr. Martinez, Mrs. Dunnion knew a faculty member at Brophy before she applied.
“Faculty members are notified if a position is opening up and, if they know anyone who would be suitable for that position,” she said.