Faculty Profile: Mr. Boyer
Saw Parikh ’23
Mr. Brett Boyer began teaching math at Strake Jesuit in August of 2020 and attended Strake Jesuit as a student from 2012-2016.
“Teaching students who are motivated to learn is a lot easier than having to force people to do it,” he said, describing why he enjoys teaching Jesuit students rather than others. He also recognizes qualities of the students that he remembers from himself when he was a student here
“In some ways it’s like staring in a mirror of myself,” Mr. Boyer said.
Mr. Boyer didn’t always know he wanted to be teaching math or going into further studies of it. His Jesuit teachers supported him and helped him find that path, particularly Ms. Ream.
“I was maybe a junior here when I took AC Precal with Ms. Ream,” he said. “Her class took math from something that I was just good at to something I was interested in.” (Ms. Ream no longer teaches here.)
Mr. Boyer’s hobbies include running, chess, watching Twitch streams to unwind, and playing a video game once in a while. Sporting a gaming chair during his COVID virtual lessons has caused many students to wonder if he was some secret retired streamer, but it turns out even Mr. Boyer needs back support.
Mr. Boyer attended college at Texas A&M, and was a TA there for a bit while attending school. He gives thanks for his teaching at Strake Jesuit to his former girlfriend, who made fun of his stipend as a TA and encouraged him to get a teaching job with his degree. Mr. Boyer says he is “eternally grateful for her pushing me to go that way and was probably the best decision I ever made.”
At Strake Jesuit, Mr. Boyer feels right at home.
“I really do love teaching,” he said. “I love this place, and the people here are some of the best, nicest, and willing to sit and listen to people that I’ve ever met. It’s really a wonderful community and I’m glad that I get to be a part of it. If I could give one piece of advice to students, it would be to just listen. When teachers say to do something, it’s probably for a reason, and we aim to help you.”