Phone: 269 683 2894
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors of Science in History and Political Science at Grand Valley State University
Mr. Derek A. Janke
As a graduate of Niles High School (class of 2002), it was always my dream to come back home and teach in the city where I was raised. After graduating from Grand Valley State University, my wife and I moved to Houston, Texas where I taught US History for seven years at a high school with around 4300 students! After having two children of our own, we decided we wanted to be closer to our families and we moved back to Michigan. My wife also teaches history and social studies at a private school in Battle Creek.
This year I will be teaching three sections of 9 th grade US history and three sections of 11 th grade world history. My classes will focus on (but are not limited to) Michigan history standards and will use a variety of teaching methods and strategies to reach students and help them grow personally and academically.My goal is that by the end of the year, each student will have a greater appreciation of history and the significance it has on becoming a well-rounded and informed citizen.
In addition to teaching, I am also a high school and college baseball umpire. I have officiated various levels of baseball for almost 20 years.