Brecksville-Broadview Heights Teachers Attending Presidential Inauguration

Brecksville-Broadview Heights teachers Sean Brennan and Mike McNamara enjoy working experiences like this one into their lessons.

When President Barack Obama makes his inaugural address on Monday, there will be at least two members of the Brecksville-Broadview Heights community in attendance. 

High school teacher Sean Brennan and middle school teacher Mike McNamara left for Washington D.C. on Saturday with Brennan’s brother-in-law. Both teachers have attended Presidential Inaugurations before—McNamara in 2009 and Brennan in 2009, 2005 and 2001—but they’re still excited. 

Both teachers enjoy using experiences like this in their lessons. McNamara is even live-Tweeting his trip so students can follow along.

Patch has pulled all of McNamara's live tweets in this story for your convenience: Tweeting at the Inauguration: Teacher's Tweets

Brennan said Rep. Dave Joyce helped the two get their tickets this year, after Joyce visited Brennan’s class in December.

Brennan, who calls himself a “history/political junkie,” said he likes to see the U.S. political system in action. Rather than actually fighting over the top spot in power, the United States leaves it up to the voters. 

“It’s just something we can’t take for granted,” he said. Brennan, a Democrat, is also involved in politics himself, as the president of Parma’s City Council. 

Check back after the Inauguration to hear more about Brennan and McNamara’s trip. 

Jim January 21, 2013 at 11:20 AM
Judging from past track records I strongly suspect these members of BBHCSD are on the clock vs taking vacation. Why do I comment? Becasue it is my money, not the school district's and I am quite tired of watching others spend my money on partisan politics and the resulting one-sided presentation in the classroom.
Joe January 21, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Wow Jim, great comment! Do you think the district is paying them to go? Maybe paying their fare and room and board? That dame partisan politics of a Presidential inauguration! How dare a teacher bring that into a classroom! Imagine teaching students to respect our President, even if their parents didn't vote for him. It's disgusting and a total waste of time. We want our kids to only believe what we teach them at home!! And we all know that teachers have the ability to influence our kids away from what we teach them at home, after all they have them 40 - 45 minutes a day, 5 days a week, while we almost never see or talk to our kids anymore. I think we should stop paying any money until we have big enough classes that the teachers will have no influence on any of our kids - say 40 or more kids to a class. Even better, lets fire all the experienced teachers, and keep hiring new young teachers each year. Then the teachers won't have time to influence the students, and I'm sure the kids will be just fine.
Kathy Wojtowicz January 21, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Hey Jim, Today is a federal holiday. Children are not in school. These teachers went because they love their profession and the topic they teach, social studies. So sad you have such a biased outlook on life.
The Pledge January 29, 2013 at 10:39 PM
Joe " The Pledge" seems you wish to dominate..... things are going to change in a big way for you...step 1 you are going to lose your job ...sorry you are tenured... you will be teaching a class on " how to tie your shoes"
The Pledge January 29, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Lyn are you out there yu called Tivisano yesterday he told you to take a hike what was it " Its about the kids" no levy without a vote every 5 years
The Pledge January 29, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Joe the pledge how are you? The parents of the district are going to demand your removal
The Pledge January 29, 2013 at 11:00 PM
The Patch seems to refuse to invite decent


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