Brian Lynch: Teacher Appreciation

Teacher Appreciation Spotlight: Brian Lynch

Brian Lynch

Brian LynchBrian recently retired from the Army after serving for 27 years, and is teaching JROTC at a Houston area high school. He also happens to be my father-in-law and a great guy who is always willing to help others which makes him perfect for a JROTC instructor.

What grades and/or classes do you teach?

9-12, JROTC

How long have you been teaching?

3 yrs

What other grades/subjects have you taught, if any?


Why teaching? What or who inspired you to be a teacher?

Contribute knowledge and experience back to students after my Military retirement

Was teaching your first choice in career? If not, what else did you consider?

Military for 27 yrs

Have you thought about changing careers since becoming a teacher?


What was your college major and how has it helped in your teaching career?

Bachelors in Criminal Justice, Masters in Administration.  College didn’t help much but being in the military and working with a diverse group of people from all walks of life and social levels has helped the most.

What is your favorite part about being a teacher?

Helping young adults prepare for life after high school and having them realize what they do or don’t do now may affect the rest of their lives.

What is your least favorite?

Dealing with parents!!

What are the biggest challenges you face as a teacher?

Dealing with students who are or have experienced bad or traumatic parental or family issues that I cannot change or control.

What are your goals for your students?

To attend college, find employment, or join the military in that order.

What do you want your students to remember about you as a teacher?

Honest, fair and direct

How do you spend your school breaks?


Give your best advice for someone who may be thinking about a career in teaching.

Rewarding but demanding.

Any fun or favorite story you want to share?

At the beginning of each school year, I tell the junior and senior classes that after you graduate, you have only six choices in life and ONLY six choices: 1. You can go to college/additional schooling, 2. You can get a job (employment), 3. You can join the military,  or 4. You can be unemployed (welfare), 5. Incarceration (jail) or 6. Death.   You only have six choices to choose from  –  so you better choose wisely!

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