James W. Brennan
Institution: Quinsigamond Community College
Why I teach: Inspiration. In a word, that is what I love about teaching at QCC: those times when we can inspire a student, but even more, the many times that our students inspire us. Celebrating students is a wonderful part of the job: watching them graduate, writing recommendations for them as they pursue further education, nominating them to receive scholarship awards recognizing outstanding achievement. We have great students. Lots of successes to talk about.
Why I’m excited to attend an online convening: As all educators know, an important key to our success in helping students learn is having the flexibility to meet them where they are and to find ways around obstacles when necessary. While I am disappointed that I will not get to meet my new colleagues in person and to experience awesome Austin, I am grateful to NISOD for the opportunity to attend this year’s online convening as a 2020 Suanne Davis Roueche Scholarship winner and for their flexibility during this pandemic in finding a way to bring the conference to us while keeping us safe.
Fun Fact: As a short story writer, my occasional bad days are mitigated by the fact that they are material.