Teacher, Coach Jim Brooks Retiring After 36 Years

It could be considered a career Grand Slam for Jim Brooks. For 36 years, CJ has been a part of his life through the classroom, coaching tennis programs, mentoring, and meeting his wife.

“These have been the best years of my life, thanks mostly to my dear wife, Peg, and the ministry that we share here,” Brooks said.

At the end of the 2016-2017 school year, Brooks will retire.

“I will miss the community on a day-to-day basis,” shared Brooks.

After taking temporary vows with the Marianists in 1980, Brooks requested to be placed at CJ.

“I have been teaching English since 1980,” Brooks reflected. “Extra-curriculars over the years have included LIFE moderator, student council moderator, English department chair, communications coordinator for development, and men's and women's tennis coach.”

When thinking about the changes he has seen over the years, Brooks said, “What surprises me is the constancy of our mission, the positive influence of the two religious orders and their founders, and the way we pull together on a day-to-day basis.”

Friends and former students shared their well wishes for Brooks on the CJ Facebook and CJ Alumni Facebook pages. Here are just some of their comments:

  • Ron Boggs: Mr. Brooks thank you! You inspired a life long passion for literature. I have been in countless journeys in literature that began with you sharing Lord of the Flies with us. You are such an incredible educator and an absolute member of the CJ Mt Rushmore! Congratulations on a lifetime of  influencing young minds in ways that propel a lifelong connection to literature and writing. Thank you.
  • Rachel Burkette: Wow! Congratulations Mr. Brooks! I had the blessing of having you for not only Honors English, but also Creative Writing. You were also an amazing tennis coach!!!  You are a huge part of not only my continued love for reading but also for my success in my career. I've come to be relied upon for editorial and revision work as it relates to awards, job descriptions, policy letters, etc. Thank you so much for your guidance, inspiration, and encouragement. You are an amazing teacher and you will positively be missed.
  • Heather Hunnicutt: Say it with me, "Mr. Brooks, you are a very nice man. You are one of the nicest men I have ever met. I could hardly imagine anyone nicer than you."
  • Kevin Nolan: Thank you, Mr. Brooks!  You really helped me improve my critical thinking and writing.  As a result of your Creative Writing course, I am a better scientific writer. As counter-intuitive as it may sound, I strongly recommend to my students that they take a Creative Writing course and not a technical writing course (or in addition to) to improve their scholarly writing. Your teaching is a big part of why I am the researcher I am today.  Graduate school and publishing would not have been the same if I had not had the opportunity to take your classes.  I am grateful.  Congratulations on your well earned retirement!  Your skills and dedication will certainly be missed.
  • Paul Schreel: Mr. Brooks, you have been an amazing teacher and mentor to thousands of Eagles.  It will be hard to imagine C-J without you  guiding students on their educational journeys.  I had no idea the influence that you and my other teachers would have on me back in high school, but as an educator myself, I can say that I certainly learned from the best.  Enjoy your retirement!
  • Christie Zella: Favorite teacher ever. Inspired my love of literature and writing - perhaps why I became a school librarian!

Posted April 25, 2017