To say he is a superstar, could be an understatement!
Government teacher Clark VerHulst has spent 29 of his 30-year teaching career at Wyoming High School. He graduated from Rodgers High School and has lent his talents to the district as a coach, teacher and an active community member.
He was recently awarded the American Legion Teacher of the Year Award. One of five teachers statewide–and the only one in West Michigan– to receive the highly prestigious award.
“I love having the opportunity to see young students grow and develop as people, he said during an interview with WKTV Community Media. I like to teach them life skills beyond the classroom—to me that is what it is all about.”
He was nominated by David Wheeler, a volunteer with the American Legion. VerHulst taught all four of Wheeler’s sons.
“He knows and cares about his students,” Wheeler said. “He has also been terrific to work with on the American Legion’s Boys and Girls State Program.”
This program helps students learn about the workings of our government and how it works.
Walk into Clark’s Government classroom and witness hands-on learning at its finest! Student’s take an active role by running for office and developing political campaigns.
“Everyone has to run for some type of office,” he explained. “They choose political issues and their personality traits make them special. You will see students dressed up, bringing in food, working on yard signs and endorsements.”
In short, there is never a dull moment in his classroom.
The students and staff at Wyoming High School should be awfully proud of the award-winner named Mr. Clark. He is a teacher that truly cares!