Sports journalist, Inside Lacrosse magazine; Coach, Lacrosse and Football Advisor, Baltimore Collegiate (a Baltimore area charter school)
Teaching At BL:
Mr. Mollett has a lot of important loves in his life. His wife and daughter top the list, of course, as well as his connection to Boys' Latin. He, his brother and father are all graduates.
But from there, the list gets really interesting really quickly. He loves all things ancient (he was a classics major in college, after all) along with lacrosse, teaching, writing, reading Latin, coaching, Hemingway, and--as they say in Latin--et cetera.
As he says, "It's like what I tell my students, learning and education shouldn't be about one thing. It's about understanding how things connect, how they are produced, how they came about."
Speaking of which, how Mr. Mollett's career came about is an interesting tale, too. After an unconventional start for an educator--an athlete, journalist, scholar--Brandon found his way home to Boys' Latin first as a coach, then an instructor, and eventually as the head of middle school.
"Once I started, I really found that I was made for teaching," he said, "I am truly passionate about helping prepare our students for the 21st century without leaving behind all the best of our past and the time-proven values of BL." Something else to add to the long list of things he loves.
Since he is such a committed educator, it is perhaps natural that in his off hours, he escapes to the role of a lifelong student. "I like to read. I like to write. I am curious and interested. I like the idea of always learning," he said. "I think--I hope--the students sense this."
Ever since he was a teenager, Mr. Mollett loved Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. "I think as I've aged, my appreciation for the book has changed and matured, too. The story really speaks to me: how war truly destroys people, even the survivors. How it leaves them empty and tragic. Yet, Hemingway is able to make it ultimately an uplifting, optimistic story--for me, anyway. That's the message I try to convey when I teach the book, that hope is always stronger than despair."