This teacher made my school experience a bit brighter than it otherwise would have. I've often wanted to go back, 16 years later, and continue conversations that we got into before and during class time. I looked up to this teacher more than any other at WCS, despite the fact I basically failed his class, because he recognized intelligence and potential in his students. He treated us the adults we would soon become rather than the children we were at the time.
And he wrote great stories.
Jerry Van Tol is a very sweet man. Extremely gentle, despite his big build. Jerry feels some pressure to perform, but I bet if he was free from dealing with administrative bullplop, he would have been a fantastic teacher. I felt like he was the only teacher in the high-school faculty that could even begin to intellectually understand the brightest students insights and creative inputs in his class. We talked about physical vs. mental consciousness, ways of living, math vs. literature more.
He is a very Wise man... knows a lot, he is full of knowledge, and is passing it to his students
A very good teacher. Communicates well and a pleasure to deal with
This teacher is outstanding. He prepares students very well for college. He is thoughtful, humorous and knowledgeable.
I always looked forward to his stories that he told for assembly... I wish I could hear another. This guy's the cheese. (Say moist in his class!)
I didn't learn a lot in his classes. There wasnt' much to classroom discussion. BUT the Senior Paper was very effective in preparation for college!
Mr. Vantol is the man, showed me more about writing than any prof ever has.great