He had no fear. Kyle Wood came in to the classroom ready and prepared. His supervising teacher gave him the reigns. Kyle gazed to the students sitting in front of him and smirked, thinking --- “I’ve got this.”
“I remember for the first several days, I was flying solo,” Kyle said, referencing his student teaching experience. “My supervising teacher told me the students would not give me their complete attention with him in the room, so he left. I was able to learn and develop my teaching style.”
Kyle, a 2008 secondary education graduate with a concentration in history, felt prepared to lead a classroom because of his time at Huntington University and because of the opportunities to student teach at Homestead High School in Fort Wayne, Ind. and observing how teachers taught at other school corporations.
Along with student teaching, Kyle also volunteered to coach the football team at Homestead.
“During my time student teaching, I got to see what the rest of my life would be like, and I loved it,” he said.
He never would have pursued the idea of becoming an educator had it not been for the influence of his past social studies teachers and the time he spent with his dad watching World War II documentaries.
During his time at Huntington, Kyle had the opportunity to experience history firsthand when he traveled to Israel with Dr. Mark Fairchild, professor of Bible and religion, through a J-term trip.
“It was one of the high points of my college career,” Kyle said. “I can now use my experiences from Israel, seeing the Tomb of Jesus and where Lazarus was buried or the pyramids of Egypt, to teach my students and make those places come alive in my classroom.”
Upon graduating in 2008, Kyle started teaching that following fall at Manchester Jr.-Sr. High School where he now teaches geography, government, history and physical education classes, coaches the wrestling team, sponsors the student council, supervises the weight room and volunteers to chaperone prom.
“As a good educator, you’re a man with many different hats and trades,” he said. “I enjoy teaching my students life skills and perseverance, whether that be in the classroom or during wrestling practice.”
Kyle recently enrolled in HU’s Master in Education program to further his career goals. His professors from his undergraduate years also teach some of his graduate courses. Kyle appreciates how his professors stress the importance of showing Christ’s love through his teaching.
“Christ was a teacher and had compassion for his students,” Kyle said. “My faith encourages me on how I should treat my students. I want to always make sure my students come first and that they know I care about them for who they are. I want to do what is best for them.”
Discover what Huntington University can do for you.
Are you interested in studying education at a Christian college? Tell us about your dreams and aspirations, and we'll respond immediately with a custom viewbook made just for you! Build one now!