This year, KO alumnus Ryan Brodeur ’01 is rejoining the community as an Upper School French teacher. He can be found teaching in Upper Roberts, in Room 215. After graduating from Kingswood Oxford, Mr. Brodeur majored in French and minored in Italian at Trinity College in Hartford and later went to Boston College where he received a Master’s in Educational Administration for The Principalship. Mr. Brodeur then went on to teach French at Xavier High School in Middletown and Lowell High School in Lowell, Mass. Eventually, he became the French Department Chair at Xavier, where he taught for the last seven years.
While he was a student here, Mr. Brodeur met his wife, Upper School science teacher Kathleen DiSanto. They have two children together, a son Rowan who is six years old and a daughter Kinsley who is three. In his free time, Mr. Brodeur said that he is an avid gamer. “I’m currently making my way through ‘The Witcher 3,’ and I’m also excited for when ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ comes out soon, because the original one came out when I was still in grad school, and I really enjoyed that.” He said that he joins in on a game of Dungeons & Dragons once in a while as well. On top of that, Mr. Brodeur said he is a casual musician and enjoys playing whenever he gets the chance. He played the saxophone and guitar all through high school and college; in the last two years, however, he has been teaching himself how to play the jazz saxophone and the mandolin. Mr. Brodeur said that he is thrilled to come back to KO. “I’m really, really excited to be back; I’m really enjoying it!” he said. “It’s been 17 or 18 years since I was last here, so I’m comfortable being in a teaching position now.”
Junior Juliana Kulak, who is in one of his classes, said she is really happy to have him as a teacher. “Mr. Brodeur is such a great teacher. I love being in his class!” she said. “I really like his style of teaching, which is called standard-based grading.”
Mr. Brodeur, on behalf of the whole KO community, we welcome you and are very excited to have you back!