Thursday, May 26, 2022

ALA Teacher of the Month for April


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.rHegsted 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.”

Chris Baird
Chris Baird
Chris is a family man with a beautiful wife and four kids. Three Girls, One Boy. He enjoys playing basketball, being outdoors, and the old normal.
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