Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Brian Mersiovsky
Born an Army brat, by the time we moved back to TX when I was 4, I had lived in 5 states. My mom was a Lutheran School Teacher, so my elementary school years were in Lutheran schools. My first experience with GISD was when I matriculated at Georgetown High School in 1987. Until this point, while I was good at math, I did not like it. Algebra I changed that! Algebra II & Geometry solidified my affection for math, so I spent my 11th & 12th grade years at the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science at the University of North Texas. After a year off from school I enrolled at Concordia University (Austin) to study Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and English [thanks to my Latin magister at GHS (Mrs Mugford) I had discovered a talent and love for languages as well].
Fast forward to 2011 when after 4 years of homeschooling, my wife and I enrolled our three children in GISD. Our family consisted of a Cooper Cougar, a Forbes Falcon, and a GHS Eagle! Although I was busy with my Financial Planning practice, I still made time for the kids' activities: NJROTC, SkillsUSA, choir, orchestra, cross-country, track, football, soccer, volleyball, & WatchDOGS. My wife's full-time job was a stay-at-home mom; however, in addition to supporting all of our kids' activities, she also was a volunteer mentor here at Forbes and at Cooper.
In 2014, my wife joined the Forbes Faculty Family full-time and I took on the challenge of being a stay-at-home dad. In this role I was able to participate even more in the volunteer life of a GISD parent, particularly on the executive board of the Liberty Battalion (NJROTC) Boosters for three years. I also began to explore the realm of teaching by substituting at GISD schools. As a financial planner and in an earlier career as a youth minister, I had always considered myself as an educator, but I didn't have the benefit of being professionally trained in a traditional school of education - substitute teaching middle schoolers is a true baptism by fire!
After three years of substitute teaching, I joined the staff of Forbes as a Content Mastery Inclusion Aide for the 2017-2018 school year. Halfway through the school year, I was asked to fill a 6th grade math teaching vacancy.
This past summer, a friend (former Dean of Education at Concordia) asked facetiously, "So, what do you want to do when you grow up?" I am doing it - teaching 6th graders!
My path to teaching 6th graders was certainly not "textbook," but it has empowered me to want to pass on my love of learning and to inspire your students to lead, grow, and serve as responsible citizens.
I look forward to partnering with you to accomplish this goal.
2018-2019 Academic Year
08:15-08:40 Tutorials [Tuesdays in the Math Lab (A-113); Mondays, Thursdays, & Fridays in my classroom (D-152)]
08:45-09:31 Period 1 6th Grade Pre-AP Mathematics
09:35-10:21 Period 2 Team Planning Time
10:25-11:11 Period 3 6th Grade Core Mathematics
11:15-11:45 Period 4 6th Grade Lunch
11:49-12:01 Period 4 6th Grade Flex Time
12:05-12:51 Period 5 6th Grade Core Mathematics
12:55-13:41 Period 6 6th Grade Core Mathematics
13:45-14:31 Period 7 Conference Time
14:35-15:10 SOAR [Enrichment & Remediation]
15:14-16:00 Period 8 6th Grade Pre-AP Mathematics