Bryan Brissette

Bryan was raised in Burrillville, Rhode Island and attended Burrillville High School. After completing a postgraduate year, he majored in government at Harvard and was honored with a place on the Dean’s List and named as a Paul E. Weissman Scholar. Bryan was also a member of the varsity baseball team and earned second team All-Ivy honors as a catcher. After Harvard, he earned a master’s degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University and later served as a United States Secret Service Special Agent.

As a member of the Suffield faculty, he earned another master’s degree in history from Trinity College. Additionally, Bryan is the head varsity baseball coach and assistant coach for the varsity football team. Off the field, he teaches U.S. History and electives on the Civil War, twentieth century warfare, the Atlantic slave trade, and modern Middle Eastern history. Bryan lives on campus with his wife, Chrissy, and their daughter, Reese.

Where were you born? 
Burrillville, Rhode Island

If someone was traveling to where you are from for 24 hours, what would you recommend? 
A trip to Wright’s Farm Restaurant (owned by Suffield alum Frankie Galleshaw ’81) 

Which of your roles at Suffield Academy do you relish the most?
The opportunity to be a positive influence in the lives of young people 

What is your favorite book? 
Close to Shore by Michael Capuzzo

What is the one word that you live by? 
Breathe

What is something you believe one can never over-invest in? 
Individual mental and physical health/wellness

What is your favorite hobby?
Learning...not only in the academic sense, but also learning about people and their life experiences

What advice would you give a new teacher at Suffield Academy? 
Compassion for your students and enthusiasm in the classroom are vital to being an effective teacher

What is the most important life lesson for someone to learn? 
Pay attention to detail in all that you do

What is your favorite song of all time? 
“They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)” by Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth

If you could have dinner with one person, alive or dead, who would you dine with? 
My wife, Chrissy!

Who is your role model? Inspiration? 
Abraham Lincoln

What is your favorite food? 
Tie: Pizza and peanut butter (Skippy Natural Creamy with Honey)