By Luke Culhane
If you were to ask a student here at Edison to name a physics teacher, he or she would likely mention Mr. Nemes, or for chemistry, Ballard. However, lost within the bulky rolodex of Edison High School faculty lies one “Gregory Brewsaugh.” This year I had the pleasure of being a pupil of his, for physics. After nearly an entire year of being in his class I still don’t understand why I never hear his name buzzing through the halls as it does for other popular teachers. This year he is retiring with 19 years of teaching under his belt, not to mention his vast experience in industry.
So, I decided to learn a bit more. I sat down with Brewsaugh one day after school for an interview to get some deeper insight. By doing this, I realized that I could write an entire article bragging about his Master’s Degree, interest in sports cars, near chance of becoming an astronaught, and countless science-related shenanigans while growing up. Yet, after speaking with him, I realized that above all it his personality and character, bleeding through in every anecdote he tossed at me, that impressed me the most. He loves science. This passion is what drives him to teach. Just as interesting as hearing about how, early on, he used physics to loosen a bolt while fixing a car in high school, is the way he tells it: with each line of the story drawing you in as the inflection in his voice evokes that same ‘Eureka’ feeling you know he felt so many years ago. He gets you excited with him. His class has made me remember science is alive beyond the inert words and diagrams of our textbooks.
I understand that to summarize a man, and his numerous years of work, by squeezing ALL of his information into one article is ridiculous. So, I’ll leave you with two pieces of advice he told me. When I asked him what advice he would offer a new teacher at Edison, he told me, “It gets better.” He explained how the first two years of many new careers, especially those in teaching, are difficult and stressful. But, in the end, the payoff is great. As for advice for graduating seniors, he told me, “Find what you love to do, and find a way to get paid for it.” He is passionate about science and teaching. Thus, he does both extremely well- and that’s what he wants for his students.
So in conclusion, my perception of Mr. Brewsaugh has been of a thinker possessed of bold opinions, a teacher gifted with an engineer’s logic and wit, and a person equipped with a dauntless sense of passion that will help him accomplish any feat while in retirement. On behalf of EHS, we will miss you Mr. Brewsaugh-
– Luke Culhane