Get to know a little more about middle school advisor Brian Estrada, a former Crusader who graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a bachelor’s degree in business information systems analysis and a concentration in graphic design. Our students know him as Mr. Brian. Learn a little more about this former Crusader.
1. What music is your usual soundtrack?
My musical soundtrack consists of a vast variety of genres, from classical music to Kanye West, gospel albums to celebrity interviews and sports talk. As long as there is something keeping me interested, I’ll be listening.
2. What is the best part of your job?
The most rewarding part of being an advisor is hands down being with the Crusaders. Being able to interact, relate and learn at the same time is the ultimate reward.
3. What is the last thing you read for fun?
I really enjoy reading; some know my catch phrase, which is, “Be safe and read a book.” I am currently reading a couple leadership books, “Didn’t See it Coming” by Carey Nieuwhof and also “Jesus for President” by Shane Claiborne.
4. What’s your dream travel destination?
My dream travel destination is 100% Cuba. I love the food, history, the culture and art. It’s like being able to go back in time without the time machine.
5. What is one thing most people might not know about you?
Some people might know, but I feel like many might not know that I am a minister and that I have three young boys, Jared, Noah and Seth.
6. What two or three people would you love to meet for coffee?
I would love to have coffee with Jay Leno, who is my favorite comedian and best late-night host of all time. I would also enjoy a cup of coffee with Mr. Kanye West. I just feel like we have a lot to talk about; I am confident that we will hit it off. And last I would enjoy a cup of coffee with one of my preferred ministers Joseph Prince. I just want to pick his brain. There are definitely more people I’d like to have coffee with and lots of coffee for me to try.
7. What is the best advice someone ever gave you?
I am blessed enough to be surrounded with lots of great inspirational people, but one of the best pieces of advice I heard was at my high school commencement, when the speaker literally just said his name and said, “Never forget where you come from” and walked off. That has been instrumental in not getting too full of myself, staying humble and hungry for more.
8. What qualities make you good at your work?
I feel as if the energy, charisma and creativity I bring allow me to be good at my job.
9. What is your favorite food or meal?
Soup. Now, I love food. I love Peruvian food, which is hands down my favorite, but you can never go wrong with soup! Nice warm, relaxing, cloud nine soup.
10. What’s your life motto or favorite saying?
I have a whole bunch of those. But be assured when someone asks me how I’m doing you’ll hear me saying, “I’m doing soo good, soo great. Oh, my gosh, let me tell you, soo good.” I always try and bring a positive vibe anywhere I go.