• Eli Hardegree

Living to Learn: A Look Into the Life of Eric Derhammer

One of the friendliest faces that students will see at Columbus High is that of Mr. Eric Derhammer.


Columbus has been a home to Mr. Derhammer all his life. He was a student at CHS from 2007 to 2011. During his time as a student, he played tuba for the school’s marching band while also contributing to the Blue Streak in a creative writing class.


He graduated from as a part of the Class of 2011, and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in History Education at Columbus State University. He is currently working towards earning his master’s degree in business.


Derhammer wants to give back to the community he grew up in, “I’m hoping to grow here, and I still plan to use my certifications however I can.”


The CHS graduate has served as one of the school’s many substitute teachers for years, and in February 2020 he was promoted to the position of In School Suspension Technician for the school.


This position entails many responsibilities for Derhammer, “It’s essentially the same things that Mr. Housand did: monitoring students in ISS and handling substitutes. I do watch classes on occasion. I also do lunch duty and any other administrative tasks that need to be done.”


Derhammer has many hobbies outside of school too. These hobbies include exercising, traveling, trying new foods, and gaming.


Something that has stuck with Derhammer all his life is his passion for learning. Whether it’s as a student or a teacher, he hopes to never stop learning.


“Learning never stops once you graduate. Once you commit yourself to lifelong learning, learning something new everyday, your mind will be so much better off.”


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