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Derik Gustafson

Created: 09/25/2013 5:33 PM KSTP.com
By: Laura Lee

(ABC 6 News) -- This weeks Excellent Educator is Derik Gustafson from Austin.

"This is awesome, I really appreciate it," says Gustafson.

Derik Gufstafson is a social studies and an academic coach at Ellis Middle School.

He started his teaching career in Austin and says he is excited to be able to work one on one with students this year.

"Basically help students be better students so not just in social studies, but in all different aspects," says Gustafson.

With the school year now underway, Gustafson says he's also excited to work on a new curriculum.

"Our 5th and 6th grade building does one to one computers, so we need to be ready for that change because those kids are going to be coming to us with expectations that we're going to be using technology," he says, "so its important that we have changing curriculums to help meet the demands of state standards."

We'll continue to feature Excellent Educators the rest of this school year.

If you would like to nominate your teacher, fill out a nomination form on the Excellent Educator page on our website.