When compared with the national average, alternative certification programs recruit 50 percent more males into teaching than traditional teacher preparation programs.
- Turlock High School, Turlock
- Special Education
- Enjoyed a career as a professional indoor football player
- Recipient of the 2007 Outstanding Special Education Teacher Award
In high school and college, Kyle knew one thing: he loved football. His talent and dedication led him to a career in professional indoor football. But it was a conversation with one of his coaches that made him realize he ultimately wanted to teach. Having a half brother who was severely handicapped, Kyle was familiar with children with special needs. Once he began substitute teaching he knew this was where he wanted to be.
For 3 years Kyle worked towards his credential, balancing teaching, taking classes and being with his family. Using his athletic experience, Kyle helps his students, all of which are wheelchair-bound and most non-communicative, feel empowered and good about themselves. He pioneered a program that brings his students, emotionally disturbed students, and general education students all together to play soccer. The result? Stereotypes are shattered, barriers are broken and the most unlikely bonds are formed. All thanks to a guy with a love of sports…and kids.