Magazine article Techniques

Teaching Is a Labor of Love for This Educator

Magazine article Techniques

Teaching Is a Labor of Love for This Educator

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For Kevin Derezotes, the path to becoming a career and technical education instructor took many diversions. After being an Air Force pilot for nine years, and a salesman for many more, he finally answered his true calling to become an educator four years ago.

He is an industrial technology teacher at Mascoutah Community High School in Mascoutah, Illinois, and teaches drafting, industrial technology, carpentry and construction. Derezotes, or 'Mr. D' as he's called, always wanted to be a teacher and found the transition from salesman to schoolteacher quite an easy one.

"The transition was very easy because teaching is like sales," he says. "You have to keep their [students] attention, keep them focused and give them the information in a fun way they can use it."

Derezotes teaches six classes daily, and could teach seven or eight--if time permitted. He attributes an upswing in enrollment in his courses to his enthusiasm, salesmanship and word of mouth. He believes in personalizing education to meet varying needs and gives his students the extra time and support they require.

"When I look at each student, I look at the individual performance," he explains. "I ask, 'Is that child working to the best of his ability?'"

But being a teacher is hard work. Derezotes works 10-hour weekdays and puts in half days on the weekends too. During the summer months, he works equally hard planning and reviewing his curriculum for the coming school year. But he takes it all in stride because he loves his profession and the difference he makes in the lives of his students. …

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