Get to Know Ms. Kate Brockman, DeSales History Teacher

If you want to talk history, Kate Brockman is your gal. Since joining DeSales in 2013, Kate has worked to engage students in everything from engineering projects to formulating a historical argument in a well-written essay.


When choosing DeSales, Ms. Brockman wanted a small school setting and heard good things about DeSales from a teacher friend. We are happy that she is on staff, especially when it comes to planning DeSales pep rallies. Ms. Brockman helps our guys get fired up before crucial games.


Since joining DeSales, Ms. Brockman has seen the DeSales campus change including adding the new Paul B. Cox Stadium, renovated labs, new STEM lab, and recent Teacher Collaboration Center.  In the future, she hopes DeSales can add a new student center to the campus to allow additional space for important activities.


Fun Facts About Ms. Brockman


What have you learned from the students? 

Patience and humor. I’ve learned not to sweat the small stuff and to laugh because our students can be pretty funny. (Don’t tell them I said that)


Why should alumni and friends support DeSales? 

We have so many great young men who deserve to attend our school but struggle financially. Student aid is a gift that keeps on giving. 


What is your proudest moment at DeSales? 

Winning the president’s award and handing out diplomas during graduation are my proudest moments.


What is your biggest achievement to date?

Other than my daughters, my biggest achievement was earning a scholarship to study history at Cambridge in England.  


What is your hidden talent?

I’m pretty good at upcycling furniture. I’ve restored several pieces in my house. 


What would others be surprised to find out about you? 

I named my grade school choir the HeavenBounders. 


How do you spend your summer breaks? 

I spend summer catching up with my family, swimming, reading and vacationing. 


If you could take the students on a field trip anywhere in the world, where would you take them?

I would take students to the beaches of Normandy and Auschwitz.


How do you think the students will remember you and your class?

I hope they will learn to appreciate history at some point. I hope my legacy is one who challenged her students but had an enjoyable class where students learned. 


What were you like as a student?

Very social but responsible. Rarely did I miss a homework assignment or not study for a test or quiz.