After six years of being back in his hometown, a 2007 Creighton Community School graduate has found himself following in the same footsteps as his father and role model.
Making his way back to teach in the same halls he once walked, Zac Kliment is in his sixth year of teaching at Creighton and is busier than ever.
After graduating from Creighton in the spring of 2007, Kliment continued his education and football career at Briar Cliff University. While in Sioux City, Iowa, Kliment played football for the Chargers while following in parents footsteps majoring in education and history.
“Both of my parents were educators. My dad is still at the school here and does a lot of athletic stuff. And my mom was a speech therapist and I just spent a lot of time up here with them. So, I was just something I always had a passion for. In terms of coaching and leadership, I really followed the old man. He’s been a really good role model,” he said.
Finishing his education, Kliment found himself with the right opportunity at the right time. With a long-time teacher retiring from Creighton, he found himself making his way back to his alma mater to pursue his passion and career in teaching and coaching.
For the last six years, Kliment has been actively involved in the school as the history teacher, football coach, head wrestling coach, and head track coach.
Kliment said the amount of activity involvement in the Creighton school is threw the roof with 90 percent of the kids involved in band, choir, play, speech, FFA, and so much more. From the classroom to the field, each activity he takes pride in all of the student’s accomplishments.
“A lot of people think history is boring and really dry, so any time I can connect with the kids and see that they are really interested in that. I really enjoy that,” said Kliment. “Coaching, I take a lot of joy in their successes. I’ve had a lot of individual success myself with coaching, but it is so much more fulfilling having a state champion wrestler. And then on the other side there are kids that come in just green and they just want to learn a few things. Once they master a technique, its kind of neat seeing how it just starts clicking and they can remember it and do it themselves. Its rewarding.”
Kliment’s passion continues to grow and there is no doubt he is proud to call Creighton home.