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Dave Watt - High School History Teacher
Dave Watt

Dave Watt

High School History Teacher

Dave Watt just completed his 32nd year of teaching high school history at HCS this spring. He most loves hanging out with his students and sharing Jesus’ love for them.

“For sure US History and Government are my passion, but the students are what makes teaching fun,” he said.

Dave worked 22 jobs before teaching. He has worked at a steel mill in East Chicago, on a pipeline, a gas plant, and a drilling rig in Wyoming, he’s framed houses, and he’s managed a grocery store in south Chicago.

Dave attended Crown College in Minnesota for degrees in History and Bible and Theology, but it wasn’t until an encounter at his grocery store that Dave decided to pursue teaching. His head cashier walked up, handed him $100, and told him to go to a career seminar because he shouldn’t be working there. After a few other friends told him to pursue teaching, Dave decided to return to Crown College for a degree in Secondary Education Social Science.

He heard about Heritage from an ACSI flyer someone had placed on his dorm bed. Dave eventually applied and interviewed for a job with Al Leinbach. The next day, Dave met a man on his college campus who grew up in the same Sunday School class as Leinbach. Dave knew at that moment that it was confirmation he’d end up at Heritage. He’s been here since 1989.

Outside of work, Dave most loves to spend time with his family, taking his kids fishing and helping his wife in the garden.

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