We didn't see eye to eye about lots of things, but like so many others have said she loved teaching and could spot potential in a student (whether or not they wanted her to)! I was one of those kids. I really disliked school and was so bored I would rather be anywhere else. She got so frustrated with me because I would sit in her classes reading romances as opposed to Iliad. At parent-teacher conferences I remember her saying if only she did her work and how smart I was. She coaxed a lot out of me though. Talked me into going along just to see what debate was like. I had no interest and a brainy type extracurricular because I hated doing my school work anyway! This one trip to see how it worked ended up with me in debate and forensics all through high school. I think she arranged for somebody to not attend that day. Because, having no idea what I was doing, since they were short one person she asked me to fill in. The memory of feeling uneducated do to not understanding what was going on, inspired me to want to participate, to have the knowledge to be able to never sound dumb. Over the years I forgot about that type of a thing and just much more recently, I have embraced it again! Knowledge is power and a brain is a terrible thing to waste. And her watching me with the power, but wasting it, I believe is what made her push me! Thank you I won't forget you
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Dear Mrs. Brieman,
Thank you for everything! You took a lonely displaced kid from California and gave him the confidence and education he needed to become successful in life. My love of the law and of literature, I owe to you. I will never forget reading MacBeth in your class and the terrific manner in which you taught that complex subject matter. I have had the opportunity to meet dozens of Dodgeland alumnus from several different classes. In each conversation one or the other of us will ask, Did you have Mrs. Brieman? Then a fond discussion of our experiences follows.
You were a friend, a mentor, a class act. The lessons you taught us shaped our lives for the better. You will be sorely missed. God's speed.
I was a student of Mrs. Brieman's and later a colleague when I returned to my high school as a teacher. The most amazing thing about her was that she could spot potential a mile away and knew just how to coax it out of students. She set her standards high, but was always more than willing to help anyone meet those expectations.
I do not think I ever heard her say a bad word about anyone--that in itself is quite a legacy.
Goodbye to a legend!
Our deepest sympathy is extended to the Brieman family. As a member of the Juneau High School class of 67, I have fond memories of Mrs. Brieman. My husband, Charlie, class of 68, has always said that Mrs. Brieman was his favorite teacher, and due to her inspiration, and example, entered the field of education. May she rest in peace.
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Mrs. Brieman affected so many of her students in a truly profound way. Whether it was reading The Odyssey or Macbeth, or writing an essay in the style of Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal in her classes, or Mock Trial, Academic Decathlon, or any of the other myriad contexts in which she interacted with students, I will always remember her joy and enthusiasm for teaching and sharing. Getting her to laugh in class was one of my secret goals - she had such a great way of showing her humor through her eyes. I still have one of the books she gave me sitting on my shelf here in my office: The Superior Person's Book of Words - an excellent example of her sense of humor. She was one of the people who inspired me to enter teaching...
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Brieman family. I was very sad to hear of the passsing of Mrs. Brieman. She was truly a remarkable woman and my favorite teacher. She challenged me to do things I would normally not have done and because of that she helped make me the person I am today.
My heart goes out to the Brieman family. My husband(the late John Schecher) taught with Betty for many years at Dodgeland High School. They both had such a passion for teaching, their area of expertise. Betty was a phenomenal English teacher and forensics/mock trial coach, having successful teams year after year. She had a positive impact on so many students over the years. My husband and Betty were both early morning risers, Betty would often be at school way before the rest of us would even think about getting up, preparing for the day. John who also arrived early to school would often find Betty already there, they would often engage in educational topics way before anyone else arrived. Betty always cared about our children, always asking or commenting about their accomplishments and asking us what they were doing. I also had the pleasure of teaching 5 of her grandchildren at Mayville High School. They all had a love for learning as they went through their high school years, experiencing plenty of success in the classroom as well as on the athletic fields. Tara always had a special place in my heart. I am sure that their success can be attributed to the encouragement and support that they had recieved from not only their parents but also their Grandma Betty and Grandpa Snip. It was an absolute honor and a pleasure to have known Betty for so many years. My mother always said that she was one sharp Bridge player. I am sure that she will be missed by the family and community.
I will miss you, Betty and take care Snip(Harold).
Love, Sig Schecher
On behalf of the Dodge English Language Learner program, I am send our condolences with the passing of such an amazing woman as Elizabeth. We treasured her dedication to teaching English to our students who are on their path to learning English. She will live in the hearts of the many people she touched with her gift of teaching.
My heart is heavy after learning of Mrs. Brieman's short illness and death. She was my inspiration as a young adult and motivated me to become a high school English teacher. She was my colleague for one summer at Wayland Academy, and I was nervous yet thrilled to have one day subbed for her in the classroom. She was a model Christian woman; I looked forward to visiting with her at Sacred Heart after I joined the church in 2008. She was the best, and I will really miss her.
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.