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Wausau teacher gets national recognition

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A new national list is out naming the 40 most influential teachers under 40.

One teacher at Wausau West High School made that list.

California-based Veritas Prep named Carl Hert an influential teacher, in part based on his style of teaching.

"All of my courses are real hands on, they're more applied so it's not so much of the lecturing," said Hert.

Many students at the high school say because of his teaching style, Mr. Hert's marketing class is their favorite class.

"He makes it fun to learn and I think you learn better when you look forward to going to the class," said Davis Brinkmann, 10th grader.

"I wasn't surprised it's a huge honor and he really deserves it," said 12th grader Ellie Keener.

Keener tells Newsline 9 that she had her career picked out since childhood, but that all changed when she took Hert's class.

"I thought I was going to go into the medical field and after my first class with Mr. Hert I discovered that marketing was my passion," Keener said.

That's just one of many examples that students gave about how Hert's teaching skills can be inspiring.

Students say they nominated Hert for the list through a Facebook competition.

Hert says he was one of only 200 teachers who made it to the finals.

"From there I had to fill out essay questions on my teaching style and curriculum and things like that," Hert added.

The marketing teacher says his teaching methods include having students prepare a resume and create a LinkedIn account.

"You have to be able to market yourself today so what I want them to take away is for them to be able to market themselves, and create themselves a brand because that's what marketing is all about," said Hert.

Hert adds that being selected as an influential marketing teacher is kind of ironic.

When he took marketing in high school, he says the highest grade he received was a "C."

Hert is the second teacher to be recognized from Wausau West High School this fall.

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