Golden Apple: Duane Wiedenheft

MASON CITY, IA – 8th grade Honors Reading and Language Arts teacher, Duane Wiedenheft knows exactly what his students think about their workload.

“My students would say that my teaching philosophy is to work them to death. This is an honors class that I teach and therefore I am very rigorous in what I do teach.”

But he also knows, all that hard work will pay off.

“It brings a smile to my face when they realize how far I’ve taken them in a year, so the things that we’re doing now had we started at the beginning of the year, they would be extremely frustrated.”

His students know it will too

8th grader, Sydney Vogelgesang said, “It ends up that even though we were struggling it comes out that we learn more.”

Ultimately, Mr. Wiedenheft is setting these kids up for the rest of their lives.

He said. “They cannot back off, they need to live up to those standards and keep going and setting their standards right now for how they’re going to act in college ect.”

So far, they’re getting the idea.

Sydney said, “I can always count on his class top be one of the better classes of my day, even though it’s challenging, it’s rewarding in the end.”

Though this is his final year of teaching, there’s no question what’s been his favorite part of the journey.

“Oh to be with the kids – definitely! That is number one and watching them learn.”

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