Life of a Brave: 21 Questions with New Teacher, Mr. Brian Miller

by Robert Visty III, Photo Editor

Science teacher Mr. Brian Miller returns to education this school year after two years away from the profession and is another welcomed new addition to St. John Bosco High School.

Photo by Robert Visty III, Photo Editor

Q. Where did you grow up?

A. I grew up in Pasadena, CA

Q. What high school did you attend?

A. I attended La Salle High School in Pasadena.

Q. What college did you attend?

A. I attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where I studied Ergonomics, or movement efficiency. Unfortunately due to family issues, I returned home and complete my degree at California State University, Los Angeles. I also have an MA in Educational Administration from Concordia University in Irvine.

Q. Have you always been a teacher? If not, what did you do before becoming a teacher?

A. I have been teaching in one form or another since my junior year in college. I did take one year off and sold insurance for New York Life when I was 27 and spent the last two years selling and training sales people at CarMax, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Q. What brought you to Bosco?

A. After two years away from education, I had to return to who I am and what I do: my vocation as an educator.  I was an associate of Mr. Salmingo at La Salle High School, and he was instrumental in assisting me in joining the faculty here at Bosco.

Q. What’s been your favorite part of teaching at Bosco so far?

A. I am just very happy being back in my role as an educator.  I think that Bosco provides an excellent opportunity for me to interact with an amazing community of students and faculty. I am excited about a community that represents more than 20 countries with great cultural diversity. I am excited to be at a school that provides an outstanding balance of academics, athletics, arts and activities.

Q. What classes do you teach at Bosco?

A. Biology, Environmental Science, Anatomy and Chemistry

Q. What is your favorite field of biology?

A. Environmental Ecology and Human Anatomy.

Q. What is your favorite biology fact?

A. Alice the Algae and Freddie the Fungus took a Lichen to each other in one of the most amazing symbiotic relationships.

Q. What’s your favorite genre of music?

A. I am partial to storyteller songwriters like Jackson Browne, Van Morrison, Jack Johnson, Dan Fogelberg and Gordon Lightfoot. But I also like a wide variety of music: Motown, R&B, soul, country and western as well as classic rock.

Q. What’s your favorite song?

A. So many, but some of my favorites are “Imagine” by John Lennon, “Leader of the Band” by Dan Fogelberg, “What a Wonderful World” by Louie Armstrong, “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield, “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers, and “Respect” by Aretha Franklin

Q. What do you do in your free time?

A. I ride my bike, hike, paint watercolor, bake bread, garden and cook.

Q. Do you have any pets? If so, what are they and what are their names?

A. I miss having a dog, but where I live does not allow for pets.

Q. What is your favorite color and why?

A. I love the shades of indigo that appear at sunset from the horizon into the night sky.

Q. What is your favorite food?

A. My favorite is anything that contains shrimp. Although pizza provides carbs, dairy, veggies and protein all in one bite.

Q. What is your favorite restaurant?

A. Lawry’s Prime Rib and Paco’s in Mazatlan.

Q. What is your favorite sport?

A. Baseball.  I coached at Bishop Amat, Saint Paul and La Salle.  At La Salle, my team won a CIF and State Title in baseball.

Q. What are your favorite sports teams?

A. I am an LA homer: Dodgers, Lakers, Rams and USC.

Q. What is your favorite drink?

A. Agua de Sandia (watermelon water).

Q. What can students expect in your class?

A. My class will make you think and look at the world in different ways.

Q. What are you most looking forward to in your time at Bosco?

A. Making my future better by teaching Bosco students how to make our world better.

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