Mr. David Yerkes



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Mr. David Yerkes

PHONE: 951-294-6450 x 3411


I currently teach English and Spanish at Great Oak High School in Temecula, CA. Outside of class, I am the adviser for Journalism Club and the Great Oak Gazette. My other passions include soccer, basketball, and cornhole. Mr. Horton and I won the inaugural staff cornhole tournament in 2018. 

I've been a teacher since 1999, when you still had to actually to talk to people on the phone if you wanted to meet up at 7-Eleven for Slurpees or Denny's for mozzarella sticks. (Starbucks, Yogurtland, and Chipotle were yet to take over suburban America.)

On days when it's hot outside, I like to bundle up like a writer when no one is looking. Some of my favorite writers are Langston Hughes, Tennessee Williams, Eduardo Galeano & Pablo Neruda. By the end of the year, my students are bound to have written a couple original poems or stories of their own.

Mr. Yerkes posing as a poet