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Michael Bjurlin

Employee Information
Department(s) Academics, Form Dean, Mathematics
Title(s) Fifth Form Dean, Varsity Hockey (Boys), Asst. Coach, Varsity Tennis (Boys), Head Coach
Contact Information
School Email
  (Primary)
School Phone
413-229-1264
Education
Degree(s) B.A., University of Minnesota
Other Information
 

Came to Berkshire: 2006

Where does your passion for teaching come from? My passion for teaching, coaching and education in general comes from my mother and father. Both of them served in our public school for +25 and +40 years respectively. They are the consummate ‘teachers’ and always welcomed their students into our home when there was not enough class time in the academic day.

What excites you the most about teaching at Berkshire? The opportunity to work with such a dynamic and exciting faculty, to interact, serve and mentor such outstanding student-athletes on one of the most beautiful campuses anywhere is why I feel so lucky to be at Berkshire.

How do you see yourself preparing the students for school and for life? Berkshire allows me to introduce and foster my passions and interests with our students both in and out of the classroom. Whether it is during a geometry lecture, bus ride to hockey game or a late night in the dorm, the opportunities created in the non-scripted moments where I get to be my true self are the most meaningful for creating and sustaining relationships with our students.

How would you describe your relationship with students, specifically beyond the classroom? I believe some of the most important lessons are learned outside of the classroom, especially on the athletic fields and in the dorm, where student are sometimes their most vulnerable. I really enjoy and embrace the opportunity to help a student-athlete push him (or her) beyond his comfort zone. The confidence a student displays after the fact is worth all the hardships of the learning process.

Berkshire School

245 North Undermountain Road
 |  Sheffield, MA 01257
 |  T: 413 229 8511

Berkshire School is a co-ed, New England college preparatory boarding and day school offering a rigorous academic course of study in the northeast United States. Our campus, located in Massachusetts, has state-of-the-art academic, artistic and athletic facilities on a stunning 400-acre campus in the Berkshires.

Berkshire School received 5 out of 5 stars from over 3 Google reviews.
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