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Mr David Broshar

Faculty Information
Location(s) Middle School
Title(s) Middle School Grade 6 Language Arts/ Social Studies
Other Information
2005 
 

David Broshar has been a sixth grade teacher at the Middle School since 2005. His wife, Kim Broshar, is the Lower School principal and both sons attend CDS. David has a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature and spent four years in the wilds of New England teaching outdoor and experiential education. He presented regularly at NCAIS and other conferences.

Get to know David Broshar:
 
In what ways can you teach/engage children at CDS that you couldn't at other schools? I believe in the potential of public education, but the sheer numbers of kids in a typical public classroom makes meaningful instruction extremely difficult. I think the level of parental involvement at CDS is another huge factor in our success. Our brain research-based approach to how kids learn best is one of our greatest strengths. Finally, we as teachers are trusted with wide latitude in experimenting with creative and innovative ways of achieving our goals.”
 
What do you like most about your job at CDS? I have to pick two: the kids and my colleagues. And free coffee. That’s three. Sorry.”
 
In your opinion, how does the CDS community inspire students to be courageous and curious, wonder about things that they don’t understand, try new things, and develop individual passions?  For whatever reason, it’s in the culture of the school. There is no stigma attached to being curious, to being a reader, to loving the arts, to wanting to do well. It’s an incredibly exciting and rewarding place to be a teacher or, for that matter, a student.”
 
How would you describe your classroom? Above all, I try to cultivate a space that is physically, intellectually, and emotionally safe. I want students to feel unafraid to stretch themselves and begin to ask the bigger questions at a time when they are often painfully self-conscious.”
 
What books and authors inspire you? “Patrick O’Brian. Even though CDS is a million miles away from the British Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, O’Brian’s brilliant portrayal of human nature offers invaluable insights to me as a teacher.”
 
What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning? “Children are some of the most interesting people I know.” (attributed to Kim Broshar, although I’m sure she stole it from someone else)
 
How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less?  “Making connections among myself, my community, and my world.”
 
Which classroom projects/events are you known for? “The Family History Project is a sixth-grade touchstone project in which the students research and interpret the story of their families in a number of creative ways.”
 
What personal passion brings balance to your life? I have a deep love for studying and performing in the plays of William Shakespeare.”
Is there anything else we should know about you and your work? There is not, in my opinion, another time frame in the human lifespan in which we develop socially more than in our middle-school years. It’s when we become ourselves and begin to solidify our view of the world. Critical thinking and good role models are crucial at that point.”
 
How is CDS different from what you experienced as a child in school? “I was fortunate enough to attend Marist School in Atlanta. The Society of Mary is a teaching order, and they were teaching in ways that were far ahead of their time. Critical thinking and self-reflection were a daily part of the school day. I often reflect on my experience at Marist while considering my own approach to the classroom.”
Contact Information
School Email
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School Phone
(828) 274-0758   x387
Education
Degree(s) B.A., Erskine College
M.A., Central Connecticut State University
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