Greetings! My name is David Hence and I will be your child's Reading Seminar teacher this year! This will be my 13th year teaching at Liberty, and aside from teaching, I also coach the 8th grade boys volleyball team (2017 DPVC and DPVC Tournament Champions!) and the girls track and field team. Being able to get to know the students outside of the classroom has been extremely rewarding and makes the job of teaching and coaching much more enjoyable!
As a teacher, I have high expectations for my students. I do expect all students to strive to reach their potential, and after experiencing success, continue to set and reach new goals. There is nothing more gratifying than accomplishing something you thought you couldn’t do, and I try to get all my students to experience that feeling. It is also extremely rewarding for me to see students experience much success through their hard work and application of skills learned.
I consider myself strict, but fair, and have a strong work ethic, which I luckily inherited from my mom. I feel that when someone says they’ve worked a long time on something, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve given their best effort. If students honestly give their best effort, use the tools I provide for them to succeed, and show originality in their work, they’ll find success in Reading Seminar this year. I will always give students the grades they earn. However, I do NOT believe in or expect perfection, but I DO believe in growth and improvement, which can be achieved with the full effort from the student, teacher, and with parental support. Practice does not make perfect, but it does makes better!
Central Jr. High
Oak Forest High School
Bradley University and Governor's State University
Favorite Thing About Teaching:
Getting to know my students and them getting to know me to create a comfortable environment in my classroom. Also, challenging students and seeing them accept and rise to my challenges.
Enjoying time with the family, playing bean bags, volleyball, and fantasy football, horribly golfing, reading, and cooking
I have a wife (Michelle) who teaches 5th grade at Spencer Crossing and two children; Hailey (8) and Joshua (6).
JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters, by Jim Douglass