Teacher Tuesday: Daniel Verdugo


Verdugo with his two children.

Ashley Kim, Staff writer

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself and what hobbies/sports you do.

A: I was born and raised in Spain. Michigan has been my home for the past 5 years. I love fútbol, a good book, and an empty beach. 


Q: What do you teach and why?

A: I currently teach Spanish II-IV at Huro, but I have previously taught World History and World Geography. Spanish is my favorite subject to teach because it allows me to share my language and culture in class in a way that is comprehensible and authentic to students. 


Q: Have you always been interested in teaching?

A: Teaching came as a second career for me. I went to college to become a professional in the Tourism and Hospitality industry. That, I later realized, was not what I was looking for and inspiration to pursue a career in the teaching field. 


Q: What/who inspired you to become a teacher?

A: We’ve all had teachers that were positive role models. I have been lucky enough to cross paths with excellent teachers throughout my years as a student, and I believe they were my main inspiration to pursue a career in the teaching field.  


Q: What do you do in your free time?

A: I have two kids (4 and 8) that occupy most of my free time. 


Q: What is one motto you will always live by?

A: The time is now!


Q: What is your favorite teaching moment?

A: My favorite teaching moments always come at the end of the year. Wrapping up a school year, graduations, the prospect of a summer break…it makes it all worthwhile. 


Q: What surprised you about this year? 

A: This year I was surprised by the Artificial Intelligence talk-storm sweeping education. I am not ready for the bots controlling the narrative.