Teacher of the Week: Chad Lusk
During lunch hour, Mr. Lusk's classroom is a middle school meeting ground.
"They just needed a safe place," he said. "Where they can chill and watch a movie and hang out."
He decided to open up his classroom for students to give them an option, other than the lunch room, which can be a loud and chaotic place. It's just one way he makes himself accessible to his students.
"I just want to teach them life skills really," Lusk said. "What's right and what's wrong, so they're successful later on."
Lusk teaches science at Wasilla Middle School and is big on life lessons. He encourages students to make the best out of any situation.
"Do what you can and do your best at all times," Lusk said. "Your best isn't the same as anyone else's best, it's what you can do."
Lusk's classroom is decorated with mounts and bear skins; some of which he hunted with a bow and arrow. He also teaches archery classes and has been a coach for a handful of sports most of his career.
"The education and curriculum is always going to be there, but it's the life skills a lot of kids really need," he said.