By Lisa Michael, Science Teacher
Kyle Walters may be a new teacher to the PCS Science department, but he’s not new to teaching. He has taught Biology at Scotts Valley High School and middle school science in Watsonville. Kyle is a native East Coaster – there’s a lot of Virginia in his background. He was born and raised in Hampton, Virginia, a town of about 150,000 people, and he has two older sisters. He went to Bethel High School in Hampton, then on to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia where he attained a BS in Biology. He went to graduate school at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he got an MS in Marine Biology studying the chemical ecology of Caribbean sponges. He’s done lots of different jobs over the past 20 years or so, most of them field biology related, including working at universities, state agencies (such as the Fish and Game Department), national parks (such as Mount Rainier), national forests and environmental consulting. Some favorites have been tide pool research for UCSC and the amphibian work he did as a biologist at Mt. Rainier.
For the past two years Kyle has volunteered at Kuumbwa Jazz Center as a dishwasher (I didn’t know you could do that!) because he enjoys the social environment and the cultural experience. He also plays beach volleyball regularly. He hikes and backpacks – local favorites include Nisene Marks, Pogonip and Wilder and he enjoys weeklong backpacking trips in the High Sierras. Kyle also enjoys whitewater kayaking – including his three-week trip down the Grand Canyon stretch of the Colorado River. He has traveled to China, India, Fiji, South and Central America and all over the US; China is a favorite and he’d love to go back.
He enjoys reading books by Japanese author Haruki Murakami. And, not totally surprising for a biologist, Kyle is a seasoned beekeeper – he’s been doing it for 13 years and he has 7 hives. Kyle loves the small class sizes we have at PCS and he is looking forward to teaching the students here. Welcome aboard Kyle!