Congratulations to sixth grade teacher and CDS alumna Marianne Clare, who was recognized in September 2018 as the recipient...
Meet our Team: Brent Schulte
Why did you choose to become a teacher?
My mother is a teacher, so when I was growing up, teaching was always something I had in the back of my mind as something that I might be interested in. I fully decided to become a teacher after my first education class in college. That class inspired me and lit my passion for teaching. I was 100% certain after that class!
What do you most enjoy about your job?
By far the best part about teaching is the relationships that you build with the students. I love every opportunity I have to be with and work with my students to help them grow. I have so much fun teaching, and while I love my content area, it is the students that bring me joy and happiness.
What is your favorite time period in history? Why?
As a history teacher, this is an extremely difficult question for me. I tend to be very biased towards whatever time period I happen to be teaching about. However, I’ve always been drawn to the Civil War because it really is the most pivotal moment in American history. It is not a period that I would want to live during, but it is my favorite thing to study because it still very deeply impacts us today.
I have so much fun teaching, and while I love my content area, it is the students that bring me joy and happiness.
— Brent Schulte, 7th and 8th grade History Teacher
What is the best advice you have ever received?
My 8th grade teacher once told my class “paper and pencil is cheap, so use a lot of it.” It sounds silly, but this really changed my approach as a student. Through high school and college I was a copious note-taker. Even today, I write everything down because that is how I learn and remember.
How do you define success?
I tie success very directly with true effort. I always think of a quote by Larry Bird – “If you always give 100%, somehow things will work out in the end.” I believe that striving towards something yields success, even if the results were not exactly what you expected when you started.