New Teacher Profile: Ms. Jennifer Braga

Ms. Jennifer Braga, first-year English teacher at Rectory


Ms. Jennifer Braga, first-year English teacher at Rectory

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Ms. Braga… who is she really? What made her become a teacher? Where is she from? What kinds of movies does she watch?  Don’t worry, Rectory, your questions have been investigated.  In this second installment of the “New Teacher Profiles,” The DiRectory was able to get an exclusive interview to learn more about the woman behind 7th grade English. Enjoy!

DiRectory: How did you find out about Rectory?

Ms. Braga: I found out about Rectory from Paul Healy, Mr. and Mrs. Healy’s son, who went to the same college that I was attending, Nichols College in Dudley, Mass.

DiRectory: What made you become a teacher and when did you realize you wanted to be one?

Ms. Braga:  I always knew I wanted to do something that entailed working with children, and I don’t have the stomach to be a nurse, so I decided to be a teacher. I love kids. When I was a junior in high school, I had an amazing teacher in history, who taught me a lot and led me in the direction of wanting to be a teacher.

DiRectory: What subject do you teach?

Ms. Braga: I teach English to all the 7th graders; I took Mrs. Kellaway’s classes when she decided to become a full-time tutor.

DiRectory: Did you teach at a school before Rectory?

Ms. Braga:  No, I did not teach at a school before Rectory; this is my first teaching job.

DiRectory: What was your favorite teacher’s name?

Ms. Braga: His name was actually Mr. Braga, but we are not related.

DiRectory: What did you like about him?

Ms. Braga: He was younger so we could relate to him, and he brought history alive by making it fun and relevant to our lives.

DiRectory: Do you like coaching soccer?

Ms. Braga: I love coaching soccer! Soccer is my favorite sport, and I had the best girls on my team last fall.

DiRectory: What’s your favorite thing about Rectory?

Ms. Braga: I love how Rectory is a community; everyone is friends and close with one another.

DiRectory: Do you have any advice to students?

Ms. Braga: My advice to students would be to take advantage of the opportunity that you have here. You are fortunate to have such a wide range of international students that you can meet and become friends with. Time can fly by, so it’s important to take advantage of the time you have with the people around you.

DiRectory: What are some of your hobbies when you’re not teaching?

Ms. Braga: I enjoy playing soccer and painting. I love my pets. I have an adorable pet pig named Stewie J! He is white with black spots and slightly resembles a mini-cow, and I have a kitten named Nelly who I love to cuddle and hang out with. I love hanging out with my family, too.

DiRectory: Where did you grow up?

Ms. Braga:  I grew up in Massachusetts in a very small town called Rehoboth. I’m pretty sure there were more cows than people in that town.

DiRectory: What schools did you go to?

Ms. Braga:  I went to college at Nichols College, in Dudley, Mass, which is not too far from here. For high school, I went to Dighton-Rehoboth High. My whole education was in a public school – I’m a public school gal.

DiRectory: Do you have any brothers or sisters? Are they younger or older?

Ms. Braga: I have 4 older siblings, 3 sisters and 1 brother.

DiRectory: What kinds of music do you listen to? Do you have any favorite songs?

Ms. Braga: I listen to everything, but I LOVE country music! My favorite artists are Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert.

DiRectory: What genres of movies do you like to watch? Do you have any favorite movies?

Ms. Braga:  I love horror movies! Anything with zombies!

DiRectory: Who are some of your favorite authors and books that you have read?

Ms. Braga: I love the “Hunger Games” series! The movies are great, but the books are always better.

DiRectory: Where are your favorite places to travel or visit?

Ms. Braga: I love going on trips with my family, whether it’s out of the country or taking a drive to Newport or the Cape. Going anywhere with them is always a blast!


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