Brianna Damplo is middle school literacy specialist at Alma’s Frederick Douglass Campus.
What made you decide to join the Crew at Alma?
I was so impressed by how supportive Alma del Mar is of their student body and their teachers; the new building seemed to be designed to best support student learning, and their focus on creating an anti-bias community really encouraged me to take part in their unique, “almazing” family!
What do you hope to contribute to Alma?
I am really looking forward to contributing a positive, encouraging, and nurturing role in the Alma del Mar community. I want to strengthen my capabilities as an educator by collaborating with my colleagues, building positive and supportive relationships with the students, and striving to do all I can to ensure academic success.
What teacher made a difference in your life, and how?
Both my parents were teachers who showed me the hard work and drive that goes into education. Throughout my life, they inspired me to keep my teaching style student-centered and that you should walk into the classroom each day prepared to expect the unexpected! I also had a teacher in eighth grade who absolutely loved the Harry Potter series and knew that we liked it too. He incorporated part of the fantasy series into his classroom environment and made us laugh every day; I have learned from him to keep humor alive and appreciate what you are passionate about!
Why did you become involved in education?
My reason for becoming an educator was to encourage creativity and compassion in younger people. I have always been a strong advocate for students asking questions, making mistakes and being willing to learn from them, and finding what they are truly passionate about. Therefore, I am dedicated to being a part of their journey and helping them achieve their goals.
Where did you go to college or post-secondary school?
I graduated from Stonehill College in 2015. Go Skyhawks!
What did you like about your college?
I really enjoyed being able to take long walks around the gorgeous campus and having a strong sense of community. The freedom to make my own choices was incredibly validating and yet a little intimidating, but it made me a stronger person for sure. Furthermore, the found family I discovered there continue to support and encourage me to this day.
What is your favorite food?
This is a challenging question for me because I am such a foodie! Ramen and sushi are two of my favorite dishes, but I also enjoy Italian foods like spaghetti and risotto.
What is your favorite book?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen