Meet Kyle Money!

Meet Kyle Money!
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As part of our ongoing series Meet Our GDS Faculty and Staff, we are excited to present: Meet Kyle Money!

Read the Q&A below to learn more about Kyle.

Primary Role: Middle School English Teacher and 7th Grade Dean 

Pronouns: he/him

Years at GDS: One year down and halfway through year number two 

What do you love about GDS?
Each person at GDS brings something special to the community: students whose passions range far and wide, faculty whose talents extend beyond the classroom, and administrators who pop into class or join us for lunch. There is always an element of curiosity, laughter, or thoughtfulness at GDS.

Kyle teaching the structure of an essay from the Kamal Nashid Terrace.

Why do you do your job?
I was lucky enough to attend an independent school similar to GDS where caring teachers, coaches, and mentors helped me navigate the challenges of school and the rollercoaster of adolescence. Now, I have the opportunity to collaborate with our 7th Grade Advising Team, Student Support Team, and the MS Office to support our students through the joys and challenges of middle school. Additionally, getting to coach our students in the afternoons is a great bonus to the school day; the camaraderie and enthusiasm are contagious, and I try to build stronger connections to take back into the classroom.

A favorite lesson you teach?
One of my favorite activities falls in our 7th grade Animal Farm unit, where students learn about the modes of persuasion and common logical fallacies. Students use context and textual evidence from the novel to design their own propaganda posters advocating on behalf of animals competing for power on Old Manor Farm.

Your work style in three words?
Respectful. Personable. Reliable.

Other GDS activities or roles that community members may not know about?
Kyle is the head coach for MS Boys Soccer A team and also coaches MS boys basketball and lacrosse. He is the MS Sports Journalism Club advisor. 

A top hope/wish for your students and/or colleagues?
I hope my students recognize how powerful they are. It is rare to see 7th and 8th graders curious, attentive, and passionate about bettering the world, and I admire that each student works to make a positive impact in their own sphere of influence.

Personal passions/hobbies/pastimes?

  • Weekend runs through DC. 

  • Listening to podcasts. 

  • Keeping my fickle houseplants alive. 

  • Anything NBA/basketball related. 

  • Spending time with family and friends.

One thing about yourself your students/colleagues/others probably don't know?
I went to a Monster Truck Rally at Capital One Arena last year and had a blast!

One thing on your life "bucket list" you've already accomplished?
A trip to Shanghai and Beijing, with a stopover to visit The Great Wall of China

One thing on your life “bucket list” you have yet to accomplish?
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

With a tip from Kyle, we reached out to hear what a colleague had to say...
Middle School math teacher Lauren Thompson said, “Kyle is someone that leads by example. He holds his students to high standards of conduct and is not afraid to have difficult conversations with them because he deeply cares about the adults they are becoming. Kyle takes time to explain the “why” behind decisions he makes or expectations he has and listens to students to understand their perspectives. As a colleague, Kyle is always willing to jump into a project and lend his creativity and organizational skills. Kyle makes teachers and students feel appreciated and celebrated, and brings energy to even the Monday-est of Mondays.”

 

Kyle with MS Boys Soccer A Team

 

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