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Staff Spotlight - Brett Mogilski

Brett MogilskiEvery year, teachers and educational professionals from each Freehold Regional High School District school are selected to be honored in the Monmouth County Governor's Educator of the Year Program. We are recognizing each of the 2023-2024 recipients in a Staff Spotlight series. This week, we highlight Brett Mogilski, a science teacher at Freehold High School. 

Mr. Mogilski has been a physics teacher in the Freehold Regional High School District for 11 years, spending the past eight years teaching at Freehold High School, the school he graduated from. Mr. Mogilski has a bachelor's degree in physics and a master's in physics education from Rutgers University. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he has coached track and soccer for both boys and girls and is currently the JV boy's soccer coach. He has been an advisor to many clubs, including Student Council, Chess Club, JSU, and the eSports club. Mr. Mogilski is also a member of the Freehold High School Restorative Practices Committee and the Intervention and Referral Services Team.

"I was overwhelmed when I found out I was the Educator of the Year at the Boro. Being recognized by my peers was such an honor. Being able to have my family there to see this achievement was an amazing moment in my life I will remember forever. As a person who grew up here in Freehold, I have been constantly receiving congratulatory messages from friends and family ever since that day. It has filled my proverbial cup for years to come," Mr. Mogilski described.

Physics can appear to be an intimidating class, but Mr. Mogilski said his proudest accomplishment has been the students who have changed their minds about science and have gone on to study physics beyond his classroom in college. 

"I have several come back and speak to my [current] students and it fills me with joy to see that they can derive the same joy I do from the subject matter I teach," he said.

His advice to new staff members is to try and keep a positive outlook. 

"While there will be good days and bad days, and you will have students who make you happy and those [who] make you sad, it is important to remember that your job can be fun if you want it to be. You have the power to focus on the parts of your job that are good, and there will always be good parts," Mr. Mogilski explained.