When Brian Wille began considering his future, he knew, as a sports enthusiast, he wanted to get involved in coaching.
What he determined is the best way for him to get involved with students in that arena was to become a teacher.
So, after graduating from Truman in 2007, Wille earned a degree in social studies education from Gustavus Adolphus College. He graduated in December 2011.
While his initial passion was to be involved in sports, what Wille discovered is he really liked teaching.
In fact, the RVHS social studies educator now enjoys his chance to teach even more than coaching.
At RVHS, Wille is teaching world history to freshmen and is teaching one section of government to the senior class.
Wille said he has always had an interest in history, adding some of his own social studies teachers in school not only influenced his interest in that subject but also his future as an educator.
Education is certainly in Wille’s blood, as he has a number of family members who have chosen the same career path.
“I probably have six to 10 relatives who are involved in education,” he said, adding those educators in his life are involved in the whole spectrum of education from elementary teachers to those at the administrative level.
In his classroom, Wille said he does not bring what he called a traditional approach to teaching where he just uses a textbook.
He likes to bring history alive to students.
While in college, Wille got involved with the sports program as an athlete, and that gave him the opportunities he now uses as a coach at RVHS.
Wille is currently on the Cardinal football coaching staff.
“Coaching and teaching really go hand in hand,” he said, adding, however, he believes there is a greater chance to build relationships with athletes on a different and more personal level. “I think the atmosphere is lighter as a coach.
“You have a chance to see students let their guard down.”
Having grown up in a small town, Wille said he wanted to find a position where he could continue experiencing that lifestyle.
“There were 34 students in my graduating class,” he said, adding being in an environment like he has found in the local school district and community is what he wanted.
“The people have been very helpful,” he said, adding as a teacher he has found when he has a question people are always willing to help him find the answer.
“It’s not like that everywhere,” he said.
Wille said he enjoys the area, because it is close to home, but also because he has gotten a sense from the beginning he is right at home in the local district and in the community.
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