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Meet The New Faculty: Mr. Phil Brotherton

By Jacob Sowers '19
Originally published in the Sept. 21 issue of The Record

Mr. Phil BrothertonOne of the newest faculty members at Priory, Mr. Phil Brotherton, was hired this year as a football coach and a math teacher. He attended St. Mary’s High School, where he played quarterback under Coach Jake Parent. He then played defensive back at Benedictine College, where he graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics and Secondary Education. His first job out of college was at St. Dominic High School, where he taught and coached for 5 years before coming to Priory. He currently teaches Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry. He also coaches Varsity Football, Basketball, and Junior School Track.

What were your first thoughts about coming to Priory?

I was excited, because I had heard so many great things about Priory. When I interviewed I taught a class here and it went really well. I was a little nervous too, just because it’s a change.

On your first day, what were your first impressions?

I loved it. I thought it was great. The religion, community, and brotherhood were very evident even from day one.

Have you enjoyed your time at Priory so far?

I have. Very much. I have become a little more comfortable and familiar with things and people each and every day. So it seems to be getting even better.

What do you like to do in your free time when you aren’t coaching/teaching?

That’s a good question because I don’t have a lot of free time when I’m not coaching, teaching, or watching film — but I kind of just like to relax and go on walks with my wife and my dog. We like to go on walks with him a lot in the park and just watch movies — things like that.

Do you have any hobbies?

I do — I would say being outside, just enjoying nature. I like to barbeque in our backyard. And I guess my dog. Sounds pretty boring.

Are there any clubs you hope to start at Priory?

That’s a good question. The only club I was a part of at my last school was Food Club and we kind of just brought food in and shared it. We have a Cooking Club, so maybe I can be a part of that some day.

How is teaching at Priory different than teaching at St. Dominic?

It’s pretty different in the sense that it’s all boys here, it was co-ed at St. Dominic--so there’s that aspect of it. The classes were 85 minutes long at St. Dominic and they’re just over 40 here, so making that adjustment and seeing kids every day instead of every other day is quite a change. I’ve had to really keep track of time a lot and I’ve lost track of time a lot already--a few times--so those have been the most obvious differences I’ve seen so far.

What do you love about Priory?

I love the the religious aspect of it. The fact that we are so centered around God and faith and we have Mass every Friday, prayer every Wednesday, I think that’s really cool. And I just love the people. I love the students, the teachers, and the faculty and staff as I get to know more and more of them.

What are your goals for the future?

I would say, although it sounds cliche, that I want to help every student succeed the best I can and help them reach their fullest potential. Very similarly, in any sports I coach I hope I can help my players not just become great athletes but great people in whatever way I can do that.

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Prologue, 1

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Prologue, 1

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Prologue, 21

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