October 27, 2016
Writer: Jacob Broadhead
Estudia Todo: Jacob Broadhead
Spanish immersion teacher Jacob Broadhead graduated from BYU-Idaho with a degree in Spanish Education in 2012. He didn’t have enough time to minor in a second subject, like history or economics; nor, did he get involved in more research like he wanted. He wanted these extra opportunities simply because, as he states it, “I love to study everything.” Though he didn’t study everything, he wouldn’t have done anything differently and he’s very happy with the education he did receive. Having graduated from BYU-Idaho, his fluency in Spanish has changed his life.
After completing his master’s degree, Broadhead had the opportunity to study and work abroad with his wife. They taught English in South Korea and “learned to love what was once strange and work together in a very foreign environment.” Broadhead encourages everyone to live in a foreign environment because there is no better way to help oneself to “be introspective and become more self-aware.”
Broadhead’s degree has truly influenced his life. Now, he is a Spanish immersion teacher for the Park City School District in Utah. When asked how being bilingual has helped him in his career and personal life, Jacob responded with the obvious: he’s a Spanish teacher; bilingualism has everything to do with his career. More broadly, Jacob said that speaking Spanish has made him more empathetic for learning in general. In regard to his personal life, he said that he has more friends than if he didn’t speak Spanish.
In addition to being more empathetic for learning, Broadhead has also learned much about analytical thinking in his career. He believes it is “critical to analyze everything, including how to best choose what jobs to take, how to handle coworkers, how to help students progress.” He believes that one of the most significant parts of his job has been interpreting and use data effectively. For example, when it comes to test scores, it’s important to analyze how a certain score could be used when it comes to instructing his students.
As a teacher, Broadhead has had plenty of opportunities to be creative. He said that he is also lucky enough to have had both supervisors and colleagues that have encouraged him to take risks when it comes to being creative. Jacob has been called the “idea man,” and he likes attempting to fill that role. In his career as a teacher currently, he says his typical creative outlet comes in curriculum design, specifically lesson planning, finding alternative assessments, and creating presentations. BYU-Idaho helped Broadhead to become someone better, someone with enhanced skills of thinking and creativity.