VFMA Teacher Brian Fetterman Named Top Teacher
Valley Forge Military Academy English teacher Mr. Brian Fetterman (second from right in photo) was named a Top Teacher and featured in a story by Main Line Today!
Here is Mr. Fetterman’s excerpt from the article.
English, Valley Forge Military Academy
At first, Brian Fetterman had a hard time connecting with English and literature in high school. But thanks to his teachers, he came to love both. “I’d always struggled at writing, and they made it easy. By the time I was done with 10th and 11th grades, I excelled at writing and was helping other kids,” recalls Fetterman. “That kind of transformation is what I look for now. It’s what gets me out of bed in the morning.”
Fetterman has been teaching English for 24 years—the last eight at Valley Forge Military Academy. “I want kids to want to come to my class,” he says.
Making the classroom fun means incorporating music. “We look at musicians as artists, just like authors are artists—they’re all writers,” Fetterman says. “It’s an easy way for me to tap into something the kids are interested in.”
Over the years, Fetterman has been involved with Valley Forge’s offshore fishing team and book and film clubs. He’s also served as a scoutmaster for the academy’s Boy Scout troop. “I feel blessed that I chose a career like teaching,” he says. “What we do is serve a purpose larger than ourselves.”