#HamstraHighlights

Leadership · Curriculum · STEM

Meet Kyle Hamstra

Greetings from a Hoosier native! I was born and raised in DeMotte, Indiana, and I graduated from Purdue University. I have two parents, two brothers, one sister, five nephews, and five nieces. I’m honored to be the husband of fifth grade teacher, Leann Hamstra. We love being parents to our son, Myals, born on November 9, 2017, and growing fast!

After relocating to Cary, North Carolina in 2002, I was fortunate to teach fifth grade math and science at Davis Drive Elementary for fourteen years. For the next five years, I worked in another dream position, this time crafting learning experiences as a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) specialist. It was an honor serving the DDE community as an educator; After School Director; Science Chair; and WeatherBug Coordinator for nearly two decades. I’m still passionate about facilitating and enhancing student learning experiences through inquiry, technology, and hands-on activities.

On July 1st, 2021, I began serving in a new role as an Instructional Facilitator at West Lake Middle School in Apex, North Carolina. This opportunity is truly growing my skills in leadership and fueling my passions for curriculum and collaboration. In this transition, I shifted from elementary school to middle school; from the traditional school calendar to a three-track, year-round calendar; and from classroom teaching positions to an Instructional Facilitator. I absolutely love supporting, coaching, learning alongside, and collaborating with teachers to become better in serving all stakeholders, especially our students.

I’m honored to be a 2016 ASCD Emerging Leader, a member of the North Carolina Digital Leaders Coaching Network, and a connected educator with countless opportunities to learn from others across several networks. While I have taken a break from the road since March, 2021, I have enjoyed presenting at conferences like ISTE, NCTIES, NSTA, and ASCD over the last decade. In May, 2020, I earned my Masters in School Administration (MSA) degree from East Carolina University. Currently, I’m continuing as a full-time Instructional Facilitator while aspiring to be an administrator and author in the future.

In addition to spending time with family, I also enjoy serving on the Marbles Kids Museum Educator Advisory Group; exploring the learning potential and professional certifications for all-things-edtech; blogging; tweeting; connecting with my professional learning networks; reading; running charity races; riding my bicycle; and traveling.

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