Brandon Summerrill by Hillary Daniels, Study Skills and Technology Teacher, Health Teacher, and WEB Coordinator
Walk into Brandon Summerrill’s 7th grade Pre-Algebra classroom and there’s a sense of calm and peace. Music is playing softly in the background and students are happily working. The room is tidy and orderly, it’s a welcoming place. Mr. Summerrill didn’t set out to become a teacher. After graduating from Chico State he spent the first part of his working life as a civil engineer. Eventually, the monotony of sitting at a desk every day got to him and he decided to pursue a career in education. It was by a stroke of luck that PCS found him in the middle of the school year in 2006 and he has been teaching Pre-Algebra and Intro to Engineering here ever since.
When asked why he wanted to become a teacher, he explained that he wanted to enjoy life more. As a teacher every day is fun and exciting. He disliked being in front of people growing up, but that’s what he does every day now and he does it well! Students love Mr. Summerrill for his organized and straightforward yet laid-back teaching style. The videos he creates for his ‘flipped classroom’ are concise, informative, and entertaining and while Math is a serious subject he makes it fun. Plus, that very special technique he has of passing out papers is magic to a 7th grader.
Mr. Summerrill was born and raised in Santa Cruz and attended Soquel High School. He enjoys backpacking in the Sierras and plans to one day hike the John Muir Trail. After a recent trip to Italy he caught the international travel bug and he hopes to explore more of Europe and beyond in the upcoming years. Whatever his adventures, we can be sure he will be engaging his students with stories of them for years to come.