Mike Brennan

Mike Brennan

mike.brennan@larchmontcharter.org

I am a husband and a dad and love my life with my family. My children are sweet and kind, and they are friends (which I love), and I am a proud husband to a rockstar wife and mom. My wife and I lived in Washington, DC, and San Francisco, and Charlotte and here in Los Angeles, then back to DC and back to Los Angeles. My passions include gardening, politics, being with my children, and all things geography.
I want to be a teacher and a role model both in the classroom and I want to help students see their value as they make a difference in the world. I have begun to share with my 7th graders the personal mantra that I lean on when I need to reflect and find balance. I’ve shared the opening words from a poem by Max Ehrmann:

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others.

I aim to be a good role model for patience and creative thought and look forward to teaching my students.

Where did you go to school and what was your major?
I am new to the Larchmont community, and will be joining the Selma campus to teach 7th grade history. I was born and raised in the Boston area but have spent the past two decades living, studying and working all over the world and here in the United States. My passion for geography and travel brought me to study first at Connecticut College – where I received a BA in anthropology – and then to the London School of Economics and Political Science for a master’s degree in geography.

What is your highest degree held?
Masters. MSc. in Geography from the London School of Economics and Political Science

Why did you want to be a teacher/work in education?
Teaching is new to me. A later in life adventure: Teaching has always been a part of my work and with my interest in world cultures and in being an active and global citizen, I have spent my career collaborating with middle and high school students to design and lead service learning programs and leadership development trainings abroad. I enjoyed being a partner with families and students from all over the world, and have done so to create culturally rich and diverse education programming in Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize, Jamaica, Canada, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, China, Nepal, India, South Africa, and across Europe. Teaching at a school – and within a community – that values an experiential experience, and fosters learning and opportunity and enrichment, inspires me.

How long have you been teaching/working in education?
This is my first teaching role. I have dedicated my life to teaching others but Larchmont will be my first. I have been a stay at home dad to our 5 year old daughter and 2 year old son, for the past 5 years; teaching requires commitment and patience, humor and the absolute capacity to protect those in your charge, and my children have been my greatest students so far.

What is your favorite thing about LCS?
There is an energy here. I have felt appreciated and supported since the first time I came on campus. I feel empowered and want to rise to level of the other amazing teachers I have begun to work with and learn from; and it has felt like a true professional and focused and driven community. I am proud to be a part of Larchmont.

What was your favorite book when you were the age of your students?
I would spend hours looking at atlases, and National Geographic. But my favorite book is The Constant Gardener by John le Carre. This book is an awesome account of diplomacy and love and social justice and is set against the backdrop of culture and relationships; and the book’s protagonist – Justin Quayle – is courageous and dedicated to the cause of discovering the truth in others. These are two things I strive to be as a teacher.