Mr. Darwin has been teaching social studies and geography at North Lakes Academy since August 1999, one year after the school’s opening in 1998. A teacher for exactly 40 years (started in 1974), Mr. Darwin feels it is “time to move to another phase of [his] life.”
Mr. Darwin has been at NLA since the beginning. He has seen all of NLA’s growth and change and has watched countless groups of students come and go.
“I told the seniors 4 years ago, ‘I’m leaving when you’re leaving’”, said Mr. Darwin. He kept to that agreement deciding that 2014 would be his last year at North Lakes Academy.
Fellow teachers have many memories with Mr.Darwin.
“Some of my favorite memories of him include his whistling/humming in the hallways, his wonderful beard (some years) and his genuine personality,” said Dan Mendenhall, the lower campus science teacher who has known Mr. Darwin for 8 years.
Andrea Yaeger, a 5th and 6th grade teacher, has known Mr. Darwin for 6 years and fondly remembers the yearbook pictures of him with crazy masks on.
“I will miss his gentle spirit and love for our students,” said Mrs. Yaeger.
Other staff at NLA have known Darwin for even longer.
“I have known and been friends with Mr. Darwin for 15 years,” said Ms. Cheri, NLA’s administrative person, “I have always had a special place in my heart for Terry and always will.”
Though Mr. Darwin has created many memories with teachers, he has created even more with his students. Darwin is known throughout NLA for the genuine relationships and care he shares for the students.
“I will miss the students the most, and the fun of learning from each other,” said Mr Darwin.
“He was very talkative,” started Claire Radatz (9), who had him as a teacher last year, “He really cared about you and wanted to know about your life.”
“My favorite memory would have to be may term making birdhouses,” said Raeanna Munkelwitz (9), “He always found a way to make us laugh.”
He has impacted many of his student’s lives and will surely continue to do that even after his retirement.
There will be a party to celebrate Mr. Darwins time at NLA on May 9th at 7 pm. As Mr. Darwin takes a new journey into life with his retirement and family we will join together and celebrate the 15 years that he has spent with us. Throughout the years here at NLA, Mr. Darwin has touched every one of our lives. Join us for coffee, punch, and treats. There will be special speakers, stories, memories, laughter, and a whole lot of fun! The party will be at the North Lakes Middle School. Anyone is welcome.