MSHS – Daren Wilkerson
Submitted by Teresa Hendren in Faculty, RCS Stories, Uncategorized on July 08, 2021
Position: Middle School & High School Teacher
Click here for the inside scoop: Why Mr. Wilkerson was inspired to become a teacher!
How did God call you into teaching, and/or what are your professional credentials (or prior work experience)?
I was called to teaching as a teenager. I was a lifeguard/swim instructor between the ages 15-18. Well before graduating high school, I knew I wanted to become a high school teacher. I eventually graduated from CSUEB (CSUH) in 2000 with a B.A. in English and immediately went to teach at CVHS. In that I time I completed my Teaching Credential and an M.A. in literature I taught at CVHS for 21 years.
What motivated you to become a teacher at Redwood Christian?
Seeing the quality of Christ-centered instruction that my children were receiving at RCS, combined with my frustration with public school instruction brought me here.
Tell us about your family and how they are looking forward to this new opportunity.
I’m happily married and have three wonderful daughters. They are excited and proud to be going to RCS and to have a father who teaches here.
What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?
I love acting and singing. I’m excited to bring sound and energy into my classroom, which I know excites the students to take a significantly greater interest in the material we study.
Do you have any other hobbies/interests outside of teaching?
I play the guitar and the drums; I enjoy building and woodworking; I maintain and drive classic cars/trucks
Our tagline is “Inspiring Futures.” How will a time you’ve been inspired shaped your teaching?
Specific to 10th grade, I really enjoy teaching and acting out Shakespeare. So many students think of Shakespeare as written in a foreign language, unworthy of their interest, and a complete bore. As an actor who has been in many plays, and specifically a number of Shakespeare plays I love showing them how filled with humanity these texts are, what fun they can be to act out and discuss, and what life lessons can be taken from them.