Teacher Appreciation: Mr. Bronski
By Mr. Dahlbeck
When I was in the eighth grade at Boston Latin I had an English teacher named Mr. Bronski. He must have been in his mid to late sixties, but he had the energy and enthusiasm of a much younger man. He was one of the first teachers that I remember talking to us like young men and women as opposed to “students” or kids. He told us stories about growing up in Boston, and freaked me out when he casually mentioned during a discussion about war that if he was going to lead an attack on Boston he would start by blowing up the gas tanks in my native Dorchester. I learned a lot in his class.
One of my most vivid memories of this time in my life is that Mr. Bronski greeted us at the door before every class. One day, my friend Joe asked Mr. Bronski about his finger, which he had previously told us had nerve damage from when a dog bit it when he was younger. For some reason, Joe decided it was okay to lightly grab the tip of Mr. Bronski’s finger while asking if it was really useless. And Mr. Bronski, all sixty something years of him, informed Joe, who still held the finger in his hand, that that finger was good for two things: pointing and picking his behind.
I think that Mr. Bronski helped shape the man and teacher I am today. He taught me that you can be an excellent teacher with high expectations while also still having a personality and allowing students to enjoy your class. Mr. Bronski passed away a year ago, and I regret that I never got the chance to tell him how much of an impact he made on me and how much I appreciated it.
Mr. Dahlbeck is an English teacher at Braintree High. He graduated from Boston Latin School in 1999.