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I was Bryan's 5th grade teacher. At the time I was teaching reading and language. The start of the school year brought the traditional "What I Did on My Summer Vacation" paragraph. We spent time learning about the parts of a descriptive paragraph. Bryan wrote about the fun he had on a roller coaster in Wildwood. I'll never forget it because he had a fantastic opening and made me feel like I was on the roller coaster with him! My other memory is that quiet smile that he had, especially when I told that he had done something well. I can see it as I write this - amazing!
Mary Ann Nietubicz
As teachers, there are times when we are put in unpleasant situations. One of them is taking minutes off the entire class’ recess when we know that every student was not involved in the infraction. It is often too difficult to identify all that were involved. So as unpleasant as it is, sometimes it has to be done to get the point across that complying with classroom rules is essential to both learning and safety.
I will always remember one particular time my entire class had to sit out five minutes of their recess for some reason. As everyone settled in at their desks with folded hands, Bryan quietly approached me. In his very polite and respectful tone, Bryan went on to explain that he did not think it was fair that he had to lose five minutes when he had been behaving as expected. And anyone who knew Bryan KNOWS he was always doing the right thing. It only took me a second to realize the courage it took for Bryan to come to me to voice his opinion. After I assured Bryan that I was confident that he had been behaving, I asked his classmates to raise their hand if they also were not involved. Very few hands went up. Those students, along with Bryan were sent out to recess with another teacher. I will always remember the day when a ten year old reminded me of the meaning of fairness!
Bryan’s 4th Grade Teacher
I remember Bryan as a quiet, funny student. He never wanted to be the center of attention and was easily embarrassed. It took him a lot of courage to ask me for help or to clarify directions. I remember watching him (when he wasn’t looking) with his friends at lunch. He usually had a big smile on his face and was laughing. I remember wishing that he would share that side with me.
Bryan and 2 of his friends dressed up together for Halloween. They wore black t shirts and baseball heads. I remember trying to take their picture, and the three boys would not stop giggling. It was one of the few times that Bryan let me joke around with him. I have fond memories of Bryan and know that he is missed everyday.
Kerry Flanigan - Bryan's third grade teacher
I had the pleasure of teaching Bryan 5th grade GT math at Joppa View E.S.
One of my favorite memories of Bryan was the way he always listened so
carefully to my instruction. When I first taught solving order of
operations problems including exponents with multiple operations using
brackets and parentheses, Bryan and just one other student aced it the first
time. He believed me when I said it was important to use the funnel down
method and write every step! He smiled so when I recognized him as an
excellent math student. Bryan was unassuming of his math skill. Palmer
always got my jokes! He smiled when I sang in class or played air guitar
with the students as class dismissed. It was so evident that Bryan enjoyed
himself in most situations. Bryan found a way to integrate his love of
playing guitar into his correlation math research project. He posed the
question whether the length of your fingers affected the strength of the
strumming of a chord. Bryan was the one who said hello and goodbye to me
every math class. He was always willing to help a peer when we did partner
work. Kids knew they could ask Bryan a question and he'd help. They 'd
also do anything for Bryan, too. I used to tell the students that kindness
goes a long way. Bryan's kindness is something I'll always remember, as
well as that warm, sweet smile.
Marguerita F. Smardzewski
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