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David Sowerby

Kraft Meadows Middle School

Caledonia, MI

David Sowerby is an inspirational Orchestra Teacher in Caledonia MI. He has battled through massive amounts of health issues including ulcerative colitis primary sclerosing cholangitis a liver transplant and currently a Whipple procedure for cholangiocarcinoma. David has been currently hospitalized for 65 days and until this point had taught orchestra right up until his surgery. Even during his health issues he worked his very hardest to be an inspiration to his students. Making sure that they excelled even as he fought his own medical battles. He has grown the orchestra program to the thriving program that it currently is. He was nominated as a Rockstar Teacher by his Principal and continues to be a rockstar. His plans are to return to the classroom in the fall. This prize would allow him a very deserved break from the constant medical worries and constant worry about his students classroom and family. While not teaching he is a cherished father of 3 – a set of 17 year old twins and an 11 year old.