Feature Story: Mr. Brimhall
Interviewer: Tyler Lyons
Interviewee: Mr. Brimhall
(Start of Interview)
Interviewer: I’m told you work construction as well as teach.
Interviewee: That is true, but the problem is there isn’t much to be done lately.
Interviewer: What have you built?
Interviewee: Many homes, schools, churches, city halls, hotels, libraries, et cetera.
Interviewer: Sounds like quite the resume, why not expand?
Interviewee: I like being a teacher more, construction is a mostly part time occupation.
Interviewer: So how did you end up in the teaching role?
Interviewee: I graduated from Snowflake in 1979, got a secondary degree in history in 1994, and eventually my masters in Educational Leadership in 2005.
Interviewer: Where did you serve your mission?
Interviewee: Concepción, Chile.
Interviewer: Does that mean you speak Spanish?
Interviewee: Si, habla Español, I also served in the Air Force from 1984 to 1988 in communications and rose to the rank of Sergeant. I was stationed in San Antonio and Wichita Falls in Texas, as well as Rancho Cordova in California
Interviewer: What made you join?
Interviewee: I had the desire to serve my country, both my father and grandfather served. I was an honor graduate after boot camp, the top two out of one hundred and four.
Interviewer: So what was your specific duty?
Interviewee: I sent and received classified information around the world.
Interviewer: That sounds like a James Bond kind of job.
Interviewee: Not quite, but I did have top secret security clearance.
Interviewer: So why don’t people call you Sergeant?
Interviewee: the military was a small and enjoyable time in my life, but the title of Mr. goes with being a teacher. Now if I had been a Colonel, I would demand that people call me Colonel Brimhall.
Interviewer: So what made you want to teach history after the military?
Interviewee: I enjoyed teaching about the past and seeing students put the pieces together to help them understand the world they live in today.
Interviewer: How has your perspective on history changed from high school to now?
Interviewee: I have a lot better understanding of it, and it’s interesting how things go in circles.
Interviewer: So history repeats itself?
Interviewee: The human race is slow to learn from its past mistakes and quick to repeat them.
Interviewer: So from that you would say that history is more than a class dispelling fats, but rather teaching kids to learn from humanity’s mistakes.
Interviewer: That being said, what would you say is our most important mistake in history?
Interviewee: The biggest mistake of mankind has to be their inhumanity toward others, the powerful exploiting the vulnerable.
Interviewer: Is there a way that you teach students not to make this mistake?
Interviewee: I try to teach by example, that all people are important and that the key to happiness is to respect others and face life with a good attitude.
Interviewer: Thank you for your time.
Interviewee: Thanks for coming in.