Goal Posts & Chromosomes

Great Falls High School’s Brian Sullivan is accustomed to working with a broad range of skill sets. This year he’s teaching two advanced placement (AP) biology courses for seniors, and two introductory classes to sophomores.

This busy husband and father of two boys is also the offensive line coach for all levels of GFHS’ football squads: sophomore, JV, and varsity.

Though both of his parents had been educators, Sullivan didn’t discover his love for teaching until he attended Montana State University. His love of coaching came while student-teaching, when a friend needed help on the turf.

After fifteen years teaching and coaching, Sullivan is heartened by thank you notes from former students– and he’ll keep “doing goofy things” in the biology lab and on the football field to keep kids on their toes.

“Teaching is coaching,” Sullivan says, “and coaching is teaching.”

Claire Baiz

Claire Baiz is a writer who divides her time between Big Sky Country and the Big Apple. She’s been published in the USA Today, Untitled Magazine, Molotov Cocktail, and the Jewish Magazine. Contact Claire through her blog, http://baizblogger.hubpages.com.