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A Leader Among Pirates

Students at Porter Ridge High School who have Michael Hertz as a teacher can attest to the fact that he is one of the school’s most admired teachers.

In September, Hertz was announced as the 2011-2012 Porter Ridge High School Teacher of the Year. This occurs during his fourteenth year of teaching, ten of which were at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Virginia. The last four years he’s been here at Porter Ridge teaching English and just recently the new ‘Leadership’ class, implemented by Hertz, which is the only class of its kind in all of Union County. Students enrolled in the Leadership class learn about team building with all different ages, and the overall importance of leadership. “I’m very lucky”, Hertz says. “I like all the classes I teach”.

Hertz loves to teach, and is driven to positively affect students’ lives . “That’s what has motivated me--helping kids out. I enjoy working with them and connecting, communicating, and helping them. What it all boils down to is, are you helping the students?” Hertz explains.

 Hertz’s students are motivated by the encouraging atmosphere he establishes in his classroom. Porter Ridge senior Lindsay Ohmer is one of Hertz’s Leadership class students. “I’ve known Mr. Hertz for about two years and he is an inspiring teacher who takes a genuine interest in everyone in the class.” Lindsay says. “He cares a lot about his job and is very passionate. He likes what he’s teaching, therefore we like what we’re learning. He really treats us like adults, and that’s what we like about him.”

In addition to his responsibilities as a teacher, Hertz also serves as the defensive coordinator for the Porter Ridge football team. As the defensive coordinator, Hertz has been a crucial part of the team’s 8-0 start, the best in the school’s history.

 Hertz went on to explain, “Getting this award is very humbling. The best part is that I was nominated by my peers, and in this business, there truly is no greater compliment than to be recognized by your co-workers.”

Written by: Eric Brown, PRHS Journalism Student
Posted: Oct 21, 2010 by Ms. April Dawkins

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