CUAA School of Education senior, Zac Clark, was surprised by his students from Creekside Intermediate School who came to cheer him on at the CUAA men’s basketball game.

Zac Clark is student teaching at Creekside Intermediate School this semester in the Physical Education department and he also plays on the Concordia men’s basketball team. This past Wednesday, his students surprised him by showing up to his first conference home game. The Cardinals went on to win the game with the support of Clark’s students. You could hear the students cheering every time Clark made a play.

Students got to school early to make posters for their favorite player, #14. Basketball head coach Ricky Yahn gifted the students with CUAA shirts and Athletic Director Lonnie Pries let the students attend the game for free. Angie Scott and Fred Ligrow, Clark’s mentor teachers, were instrumental in organizing the students and making sure they kept it a secret. Other teachers from Creekside even attended the game!

This event is an excellent example of how the School of Education at Concordia University Ann Arbor truly strives to create mutually beneficial partnerships with area school districts. 

I’m so thankful to have people like Dr. CvH, Mrs. Scott and Mr. Ligrow supporting me in not just my future teaching career, but my life as a whole.  I am truly blessed!

Zac Clark (’23), reacting to the surprise of his students at his game

A future cardinal cheering section

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