Tom Kersting

Tom has taught woodshop for more than 25 years. He has a way of making children shine past their perceived limitations in both the projects they build and the people they become. He is revered as a local community gem among parents, some of whose kids, even up to age 12, must literally be bribed out of the woodshop at pick-up time. Tom has refined an unparalleled system of interest-based hands-on learning that builds children’s own problem solving skills in a challenging and safe environment where they grow socially and emotionally along with the complexity of their projects. Boys and girls alike leave Tom’s woodshop filled with pride, confidence and irrefutable physical proof that their dreams can become a reality.

Tom is currently seeking an apprentice with the depth of care, character, humility and commitment to learn and carry on his child-advocacy and woodworking crafts for many generations of Planet Kids to come. E-mail