About Mr. Brodell
Mr. Brodell began teaching in a French public high school in 2008 as an assistant d'anglais for sophomore and junior classes. He had majored in French and minored in Philosophy, so living in France was a great fit! From France, he moved to Changhua City, Taiwan, to teach elementary, middle, and high school learners in a buxiban English school. He enjoyed teaching so much that he returned to Seattle to get a Master's in Teaching from the University of Washington. This was where he met his wife, who was studying at the UW, too! Upon graduating from the UW, Mr. Brodell returned to Taiwan--this time to Taipei, the capital city, where his wife is from--to teach university students at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.
Mr. Brodell found Taiwan to be a fascinating place to live! It is an island about 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of Mainland China, so the dominant language is Mandarin Chinese. Taiwan enjoys and gains its strength from a profound and wide-reaching influence from other cultures, such as from the approximately 10 different indigenous groups (e.g., the Amis, Atayal, and Paiwan tribes), the Hakka people (from eastern Mainland China), and from Japan, who colonized Taiwan from 1895 to 1945. The result of this rich and international history is a finely textured cultural and linguistic diversity. Short story: Mr. Brodell was fortunate to get to practice learning Mandarin Chinese. His two boys were born there. Mr. Brodell and his family moved to Portland, Oregon, in 2018.
In his free time with his family, Mr. Brodell loves going to the park, swimming, riding bikes, going to zoo, and going to the beach. He also enjoys reading, drawing in his sketch book, hiking, and jogging.