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Bryan Whitford

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Bryan Whitford
Bryan Whitford

How long have you been at Bullis?

18th year

What role or roles do you play at Bullis? If you are teaching faculty, what do you teach? 

Upper School Spanish Teacher; Co-Chair Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Committee

What made you decide to work in an educational setting? 

The study of World Languages is so fascinating and critical to our world. Giving students the opportunity to explore their place in a language helps them develop vital cross cultural competency skills. 

What is your favorite thing about working at Bullis?

I appreciate how we are encouraged to draw in creativity and technology to boost the student experience. 

When not at Bullis, what interests do you pursue?

I love to cook, read, and spend time with my family. 

Who is someone that inspires you and how?

I will always think of the impact of my father because I seemed to unintentionally develop inspiration to study the Spanish language and experience for myself the marvelous experience of living abroad. At the same time I still admire the fierce courage to stay true to yourself and not so easily be swayed or influenced by trends. It's okay to be yourself. It's okay to wonder, even if others wonder what you are doing. 

What is the best book or production that you have read, watched, or listened to lately? 

If I think back to previous experiences I would say the novels Les Miserables and Anna Karenina were so impactful because of how they implanted these themes of humanity and the world into my head. On a separate note, the documentary Free Solo left me captivated. Why would someone want to climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without the assistance of any ropes or safety devices? And yet he might ask why I do what I do. Instead of questioning the validity of other people's habits or interests, let's celebrate them.

What global challenge would you like to see tackled and how do you see yourself contributing to the positive change that you desire?

Economic inequality needs to be addressed because it is a constant source of social and political conflict. In my classes I incorporate topics of social justice because I believe the World Language classroom is not just about language. It's about people, who they are, and how they view their world. And when conflict arises, what do they do? How can we view this issue differently?

What is one fun fact about you that others may not know or may surprise them?

At the end of college I had two wisdom teeth removed. I still have three left. 

Why would you tell a prospective family to choose Bullis?

We are a community. We look out for each other and we help each other grow. We have truly amazing faculty that look to create an experience that helps the student as a whole grow as a person.

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