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Brian Cushing '84

Job Title:

Social Studies Teacher


Social Studies


Phone: (510) 577-9100



Started at O'Dowd:



BA, History from U.C. Berkeley MED, Educational Leadership from Holy Names University

Originally from:

San Diego

Why I Teach:

I teach because I enjoy working with teenagers, watching them grow and mature from freshmen to senior year.

Most powerful teaching technique:

I believe my most powerful teaching technique is guiding students through hands-on learning activities and current event discussions.

Why are the subjects you teach important?:

History is important for understanding why and how we came to be in the world/society we live in. Government is important for understanding the operation of government and politics and how an individual can and should be a part of the process. Economics is important so that each student is prepared for the independence that awaits them.

Favorite quotes:

"You can please all of the people some of the time; some of the people all of the time; but you can never please all of the people all of the time." -Abraham Lincoln

Favorite trivia:

Rhode Island is the smallest state in the Union but has the longest name... Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

Recommended visual media:

I.O.U.S.A.- everyone should watch this.

Recommended reads:

The Bible.

Hobbies or outside interests:

Building mini-golf holes/props.

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