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Living Our DPS Honoree: Erik Hurst

Feb. 27, 2020


Erik Hurst Teacher, Balarat

“Erik exemplifies our Shared Core Value of Accountability. I’ve had the privilege of taking my fifth-graders to Balarat several times, and Erik always provides a valuable and enriching experience for all kids. Though he has taught lessons at Balarat for more than 20 years, Erik engages students with the passion and excitement of a first-year teacher. Rain, snow or shine, Erik shows up as his best self so students can learn in the beauty that is nature. He may only teach a child for two days out of their entire school career, but the impact of his commitment to student learning is far reaching. Most recently, I sat back and watched Erik mentor the high school students who were assisting with my class. His thoughtful questions sparked their self-reflection and he helped set actionable goals. Erik’s not just teaching lessons, he’s building future leaders.”

– Bethany Gensrich, Barnum Elementary