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! In addition, we’re absolutely overjoyed to be expecting again, with our next child due on November 4, 2022.
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 specials teacher. It was an honor serving the DDE community as a Teacher; 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.
In May, 2020, I earned my Masters in School Administration (MSA) degree from East Carolina University.
On July 1, 2021, I got the opportunity to serve in a new role as an Instructional Facilitator at West Lake Middle School in Apex, North Carolina. This opportunity grew my skills in leadership and fueled my passions for curriculum and collaboration. In this transition, I shifted from elementary school to middle school; from the traditional school calendar to a multi-track, year-round calendar; and from the classroom teacher mindset to an additional, administrative mindset. I absolutely love supporting, coaching, learning from, learning alongside, and collaborating with teachers to become better in serving all stakeholders, especially our most treasured stakeholders–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 ASCD, NSTA, ISTE, and NCTIES over the last decade.
On July 1, 2022, I got the opportunity of a lifetime! I got to be a Founding Member of Herbert Akins Road Middle School (GO Nighthawks!), serving in the role of an assistant principal. Our students began #takingflight2022 on July 7, 2022, and the journey continues…
In addition to spending time with family, I also enjoy serving on the Marbles Kids Museum Educator Advisory Group; exploring the learning potential of all-things-edtech; reading; blogging; tweeting; connecting with my professional learning networks; watching and playing all sports (especially basketball, baseball, and football); running 5k races; riding my bicycle; gardening; doing home projects; and traveling.