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ALA Teacher of the Month for April

Apr 20, 2018 11:38AM

The April 2018 American Leadership Academy Teacher of the Month is Derek Hegsted. He is married with 6 children

“My sons are all taller than me and I’m 6’2” which makes it kind of rough,” he said. Hegsted has been Visual Arts Director at ALA for the past 9 years. He teaches 17 different mediums including calligraphy, graphite, sculpture, photography, and painting with oils, acrylics and watercolors, etc.

During his tenure the art students have won 30 state championship awards and over 100 awards in all. Several students have received scholarships and their work has been displayed in more than 12 different museums and galleries.

When asked what he likes to do in his free time he said, “I love fishing and I tie my own flies. Lately, my wife and I have been working on the house doing tile, cement work and welding.”