By Kevin Valenzuela ’13
Mr. Ryan Hubbell has not been at Brophy long but his impact has been noticed all over campus; in the Office of Faith and Justice, his classrooms, with the Speech and Debate team and with planning this 2011-2012 Summit on Human Dignity.
Last year, Brophy offered Mr. Hubbell a position as a Western Civilization teacher and substitute.
Video Production and working in the OFJ have been added to Mr. Hubbell’s plate this school year, along with planning the school-wide Summit addressing gender issues.
As young as Mr. Hubbell is, he has taught college level classes at Stony Brook University of New York.
In Mr. Hubbell’s opinion Brophy students are some of the most open and accepting students that he has ever been around.
“You create a culture of brotherhood that is really something to be admired,” Mr. Hubbell said.
As a first year teacher, last year Mr. Hubbell joined the seniors on the first Kairos retreat of the year.
Mr. Hubbell has a new position in the Office of Faith and Justice managing all service projects including Freshman Breakaway, Sophomore Service Project and Junior Justice Project.
Mr. Hubbell’s teaching styles are unique and something that Brophy students have not had the privilege of experiencing until last year.
With his passion for the studies of equality for women, he has found ways to integrate it into his history lessons.
“I love the classroom environment we get to create as faculty,” Mr. Hubbell said.
The students’ interests are Mr. Hubbell’s main priority and he does this by engaging all students in class.
Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction Mr. Seamus Walsh said that Mr. Hubbell wants to help students evolve in their intellectual and spiritual capacity.
“He really wanted to invest himself in understanding the technical aspects of teaching,” Mr. Walsh said.
Mr. Hubbell is also now the assistant director for the Speech and Debate Program and has worked with speech and debate teams such as Desert Vista High School in Arizona, Stuyvesant High School in New York and James Logan High School in California.
Mr. Hubbell, with his background in gender studies, has been planning the Summit with the help of Assistant Principal of Campus Ministry Mrs. Kim Baldwin and other faculty members.
Some of his jobs include finding speakers for the Summit and figuring out what workshops will be offered for students during the Summit.
Along with his work in the OFJ, teaching and coaching speech and debate, Mr. Hubbell is the moderator for the Good Man Project.
The Good Man Project is led by Kyle Chalmers ’13 and Charlie Sturr ’13.
Mr. Hubbell said that it aims to rid the campus of sexism and make students aware of men’s role in the fight for women’s rights.