Mike Bryan has worked for BYU-Idaho for the past 15 years as a faculty member. After this spring semester, he will retire.

Bryan teaches early elementary classes in the special education department, including psychology and human development. He also teaches the senior practicum.

Brother Bryan starting the class. Photo credit: Ksenia Ray.
Brother Bryan starting the class. Photo credit: Ksenia Ray.

Pedro Sperry, a sophomore studying Math Education, had high praise for Bryan.

“He is a great teacher, he is loving. And he loves everyone,” Sperry said

Kenzie Darrow, a student studying Special Education, mentioned what she saw in Bryan and what she learned from him.

“He seems really engaged with the students. He is concerned about their well-being,” Darrow said.

Another student, who wishes to remain anonymous, mentioned how sweet of a guy he is and how much he will be missed.

Bryan commented on his favorite things were while working at BYU-I.

“Working with and getting to know the students who go here,” Bryan said.

He also explained what he thinks students should remember when coming to BYU-I.

“Know that the faculty are really here to help,” Bryan said. “I don’t know any faculty member whose most pressing need as a teacher is not his students. I would also say as you run into difficulties that you check with your professors. If you don’t feel comfortable with that, go to your faculty advisor. We have all kinds of tools for the university that we can use to help students become successful.”

Brother Bryan and his wife. Photo credit: Ksenia Ray.
Brother Bryan and his wife. Photo credit: Ksenia Ray.

Upon Bryan’s retirement, he and his wife will serve a mission in Fiji for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They will enter the Missionary Training Center at the beginning of January 2024.