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Beloved, Respected ‘Dynamos’ Honored for Tireless Efforts


HE “GOING THE EXTRA MILE” in Excellence in

a positive impact on students. Award-winning faculty incent

FROM LEFT John Martin, Jean Westhoff, and Brian Callahan

students by offering positive reinforcement and extra help, consistently inspiring and

the classroom and on the stage.” Brian Callahan, in his 25th

empowering all of those they

year on the Middle School faculty,

teach. Award winners’ good

is a beloved fifth-grade teacher,

example and endeavors, great and

mentor, and colleague — known

small, are recognized as having a

to all for his thoughtful, kind, and

powerful and lasting impact on

good-spirited demeanor (and for

improvement and strengthening

knee hockey, too, of course!).

of their students’ character and self-esteem.

varsity crew and wrestling coach, and faculty advisor of The Oracle

students,” said Middle School Head

— arrived at Brunswick in 2004

Teaching Awards, in their

language specialist in the Pre and

Sarah Burdett. “Whether he is

upon his college graduation from

second year, have been

Lower Schools, has been a faculty

sitting on the rug with two students

Columbia University, quickly

presented to Jean Westhoff, Brian

member since 1996, offering

helping them to resolve a conflict

making his mark on multiple facets

Callahan, and John Martin.

a steady hand of genuine care

or creating a reading lesson to help

of school life.

and guidance to so many young

the boys see through the eyes of

Brunswick boys.

others, Brian strives to broaden the

Headmaster Tom Philip said. “He’s

perspective and sense of empathy

a superb, dedicated teacher — and

in each of his students.

a respected coach and advisor to so

The awards, in the form of a stipend established through

Jean Westhoff, speech and

“Brian never rests in his effort to improve the lives of his fifth-grade

the generosity of an anonymous

She also volunteers her time,

family as part of the “Above All

effort, and talent to musical and

Else” Capital Campaign, are given

dramatic performances.

annually to a member of the faculty

“Jean is a dynamo,” Lower

“Brian’s commitment to our students and to developing their

“John does it all and more,”

many of our boys. “He is seemingly everywhere at

in each division who is viewed by

School Head Katie Signer said.

ownership for their learning is

all times. We are better as a school

his or her peers, and the award’s

“She deftly supports our boys, our

remarkable, and we all benefit

because of his efforts and presence.”

Executive Committee, as one

teachers, and our parents in every-

from having him as a role model in

who has gone above and beyond

thing she does.

the Middle School.”

standard levels of the profession,

“She is so often working behind

exceeding expectations in having

the scenes to ensure boys shine in

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Upper School award winner John Martin — English teacher,

Award winners were honored at a full faculty meeting held prior to graduation ceremonies on Wednesday, May 17.

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