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Longtime TMP teachers will get to share a ride in homecoming parade

9/20/2012

By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN

By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN

dobrien@dailynews.net

They teach in the same building but don't often ride to school together because of different schedules.

But Friday, Randy and Carol Brull will be riding together for all to see in a convertible, serving as grand marshals for Thomas More Prep-Marian High School's 2012 homecoming parade.

It will be an especially memorable homecoming for Randy, who is celebrating his 50th reunion along with other classmates from St. Francis Seminary in Victoria.

When St. Francis closed in 1970, students transferred to St. Joseph Military School and the school was renamed Thomas More Prep, and graduates of St. Francis are honored at reunions along with the St. Joseph grads.

While Randy didn't hang out with the St. Joseph students during high school, he has lived most of his life in his hometown and knows a lot of them.

"We didn't see this crowd in high school," Randy said, "but I remember some of them from junior high at Jefferson West."

Carol was instrumental in helping get the new TMP junior high off the ground this year and is in her first year of working in the TMP building, as an English teacher for seventh and eighth grades as well as adviser for several extracurricular activities.

Randy, who has taught physics and other science classes at TMP for nearly 30 years, is more of a behind-the-scenes type guy. Had he been asked about leading the homecoming parade, he might have turned it down.

So the TMP alumni association contacted Carol about them being chosen as grand marshals.

By the time Randy found out about it, "she already had agreed to it," he said of his wife.

"I thought it was so great for Randy," Carol said, "because he's done so many things for the school all these years."

"It certainly is an honor, and I really appreciate it," added Randy, who for several years coached scholars bowl teams, two of which won state championships, and also started the school's chess program.

The couple has 75 combined years of teaching experience. Randy will begin his 38th year in education in late October -- after stints at other schools, he started at TMP in October 1983 as a fill-in for a physics teacher who didn't work out -- and has been there ever since, and Carol is in her 37th year of teaching overall.

They both have taught all three of their sons at one time or another, two of whom now work at TMP along with their parents. Jeff Brull is director of advancement at the school, where Chris is a math teacher. Randy and Carol also get to frequently see one of their grandsons, as Jacob Brull, Chris's son, is a junior at TMP.

"TMP has been good to us," Randy said.

It's obvious the feeling is mutual for TMP.