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Derk Unterschultz

Teachers - Middle School

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Hi there!  My name is Derk Unterschultz and I am thrilled to be teaching your child for the 2017 - 2018 school year.  

I have been married for 17 years to my beautiful wife, Karen. She grew up in Rumsey, not too far away from Delburne and and we visit this area of Alberta frequently.  We have 4 amazing boys: Ethan, 13, Markus, 11, Grayson, 9, and Dayne, 7.  As you can imagine, our house is rarely quiet.  We also have a 6 year old dog named Cassidy and have 2 hermit crabs.

I have four passions in life: spending time with my family, waterskiing (I’m sure that my wife will tell you the order of these two should be reversed), watching and participating in sports, and using technology.  I have coached many sports including volleyball, basketball and soccer, with a recent stint as an assistant coach for my oldest son’s PeeWee football team.  

I also love working at DCS; this is my third year here.  The students here are fantastic!  I have taught Grade 3 two years ago, Grade 6,7 and 8 Science at DCS last year and have taught elementary school in Red Deer for 3 and a half years prior to that. It’s such a thrill to watch them grow up. 

Before returning to school in 2009 to get my Education degree, I have worked in the restaurant and automotive retail industries.  I graduated with a First Class standing from Red Deer College / University of Alberta’s Middle School years collaborative degree (Trivia tidbit: I graduated with Mrs. A. Wright).

I am looking forward to working with your child this year.  I plan to use my strengths in technology to help them grow in this field over the course of middle school.  I plan to work individually with each student, and help them grow in their academics, their passions and become upstanding, innovative 21st Century citizens.  I expect hard work, good behavior and a caring, positive spirit from my students —  with these things comes much accomplishment and a joy of learning.