Teacher of the Week: Brandon Hipsak
“Keeping it real” with his students is the key to success for Service High School English teacher Brandon Hipsak.
“I treat them respectfully. I demand responsibility out of them. I demand effort out of them, and if I don’t get those three components they know they’ll be in trouble and they’ll have to serve something that teaches them one of those principles,” Hipsak said.
KTVA 11’s Teacher of the Week originally wanted to be a law enforcement officer. He says an injury kept him from entering the academy. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as Hipsak eventually got his Masters degree and his own classroom.
“I wanted to prevent the kids from making mistakes rather than reacting to their mistakes, so I could better coach them to be better people,” explained Hipsak, who often goes out of his way to help students that may need additional guidance.
“It’s the fact that that person calls me back two years later, three years later, that says, ‘thank you for putting up with me. Thank you for guiding me. Thank you for doing that,'” Hipsak said. “You can’t pay for that. The dollar at the end of the day, the check at the end of the day, doesn’t compare to something like that.”