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by Karen Phillips

JOSHUA AUER: THE LAID-BACK ART OF TEACHING

BY KARENPHILLIPS

Joshua Brethauer used to dream of being a nautical captain when he grew up, but after attending Guilford College and changing his major about eight times, he decided on secondary education. Josh is an English teacher at Greensboro College Middle College; he says GCMC gives him more freedom with smaller classes and allows him the ability to be more for his students. His favorite teacher in high school was “a brilliant, yet understated man… and one respected him simply for who he was.” Josh aims to develop this same kind of relationship with his students. “I am a blue-jeans and ball-cap person,” he says, “so that’s what I wear.”

Knowing kids see through phoniness, Josh makes it a habit to establish an honest and open environment, sharing personal details like his OCD diagnosis. “I am very honest with my students about my own personal obstacles and imperfections, so that they may feel more comfortable sharing theirs.” Josh says today’s generation is perhaps even more creative and more competent than any prior one, and he doesn’t want them to feel intimidated by life’s challenges. He says, “I want them to progress, to glimpse their true potential and their possible future.”

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