Mr. Brusgard

Phone: 201-778-3450


Degrees and Certifications:

BS - Secondary Education (History Double Major) University of Scranton 2002 Cum Laude MA - Social Studies (History) Montclair State University 2007 Certification - Teacher of Social Studies 7-12

Mr. Brusgard

I currently serve as the 7th grade Social Studies teacher and have been in this position since I graduated college in 2002. I have been at Slocum since the first year that the 7th grade moved from RHMS. I currently serve as the co-advisor to the Slocum Skewes Student Council. I also help organize the annual National Geography Bee at Slocum.  Before coming to Ridgefield, I student taught at North Pocono High School in Moscow PA, working with 9th graders teaching US History on 3 different academic levels. 
I am married and have three beautiful children, Andrew, Emma, and Riley. In my spare time I enjoy building model trains and running them at the New York Society of Model Engineers. I also enjoy reading when I get a chance, some of my favorite authors include Stephen Ambrose, David McCullough, Doris Kerns Goodwin, and Michael Crichton.

What motivates me to teach is my simple joy of sharing my love of history with my students. Since I was a boy, I have enjoyed reading and learning about history. I have many memories of traveling with my family to historic sites like Civil War battlefields, railroad museums, and Colonial Williamsburg. In high school, I was inspired by the passion of one of my teachers to think about education as a profession. His joy and love for the subject moved me to choose secondary education and history as a double major in college. I hope that I am able to bring that same passion to my classroom and wish that my teaching inspires students to become passionate about history.

            I try to make the environment of my classroom a welcoming atmosphere. The teacher’s desk is not the center of the room. In fact the seating arrangements change so frequently that the center changes almost daily. One day the focus could be on small groups, the next on the Smart Board, on others it can be class discussion. Mixing it up can break routines that can stigmatize student learning. I try to reach out to all the students in every class and encourage them to share the viewpoints they have. I make an effort to relate the material to their everyday lives by comparing the content to situations they can understand. In addition, I try to bring some fun to the class by interjecting humor to the content. If a funny story or a joke can help a student remember the material, then I will use it.