At 6’4” tall, Brian Abraham barely makes it through the threshold of the doorway without needing to lean away first. His height and athleticism may make him intimidating to his football opponents on the field, but talk to him about his time at Trinity Catholic Academy, and the Xaverian High School senior breaks out into a smile and laughs.
Abraham graduated from TCA in 2014, attending Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, MA, but taking with him many lessons he learned from his time at the Academy. When asked about who most inspired him at TCA, Abraham is quick to answer Mr. Kent and Mr. Weeks. Kent, who was a long-time history teacher at the Academy, retired last year. Abraham notes that Kent often went beyond his responsibilities as a teacher to instill life lessons in his students. Abraham recalls many times when Kent would playfully tease him so that he could develop “tough skin” to handle constructive criticism.
For teacher Kyle Weeks, a volunteer teacher from Stonehill College’s Service Corps who later became a full-time teacher at TCA, Abraham says he helped him fall in love with science. Doing experiments in the TCA science lab helped Abraham understand the conceptual notions of a subject which ultimately landed him in AP Biology as a Senior at Xaverian. For his future plans, though, Abraham is unsure if he’ll continue with Biology during his time at Yale.
Currently, Abraham mentors approximately 40 TCA students, providing extra support in two grade 4 classrooms. Often working in small groups and in one-on-one sessions, the Xaverian senior has helped many reach those critical ‘aha’ moments.
Including his strong mentorship abilities, Abraham possesses many skills and attributes that he worked hard to develop, and resulted in amazing successes. Starting next Fall, Abraham will join ranks with many other talented students as a freshman at Yale University in Connecticut. Among his proudest accomplishments to date, Abraham notes that winning the state football championship and going 12-0 at Xaverian as a sophomore was an experience he credits that prepared him for playing defensive back at Yale.
As an alum from our TCA middle school, many of our students look up to Abraham as inspiration for where they can take themselves. When asked what advice Abraham would give students who want to pave their own successes, Abraham quickly responds, “Everything is doable if you put your mind to it. Don’t dream too small - believe in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one will.”
From all of us at TCA, we wish you continued success in achieving your biggest dreams, Brian!