He had no fear. Kyle Wood came in to the classroom ready and prepared. His supervising teacher gave him the reigns. He 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,” Wood 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.”
Wood, a Master of Education student and 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. Because of those experiences, he was able to observe how teachers taught at other school corporations.
“During my time student teaching, I got to see what the rest of my life would be like, and I loved it,” he said.
A short time later, Wood enrolled in HU’s Master in Education program to further his career goals.
“I chose to come to HU for grad school because it’s close, and largely because of my great experiences during undergrad work,” he said. “I am hoping to refine my skills as a teacher, and learn how to more effectively reach my students.”
Wood teaches geography, government, history and physical education classes at Manchester Junior-Senior High School. He also 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.”