10 questions with

Tim Byers

 

What excites me about teacher education?
The students. Teaching is a challenging field with all of the social issues. It is important for the instruction to make sense.

I knew I was destined to teach teacher's education...
the first time I was asked to talk to a college class. I didn't realize that I had enough experience to share with others. I never envisioned teaching at this level.

Favorite class to teachTim Byers
Adolescent Development. Adolescence is a critical age in education.

Favorite place/time on campus
A favorite new experience was giving the baccalaureate speech at graduation last year. I really connected with that class. My favorite place is Lincoln Hall where I lived as a student. I enjoyed the camaraderie that I experienced there. There was a sense that we were all going through the same things.

When I'm not teaching I enjoy...
family time with my four grown children and their children. I also have many apple trees at home and enjoy making apple cider.

My favorite elementary/middle/high school teacher was...
Mr. Miller. He was a high school science teacher and my tennis coach. He provided opportunities for me to demonstrate leadership skills that other teachers didn't, both in the classroom and on the tennis court.

My first job was...
welding metal burial vaults for a company while in high school.

As a college student...
I played tennis and was involved in education department related activities. I was also chasing after my future wife.

Favorite vacation destination...
Goodyear, Ariz. Every year we go watch the Cleveland Indians spring training over spring break. I am able to get a media pass to write a few articles for some newspapers, so I follow the team around. I rode the bus with players like Grady Sizemore.

Someday I would like to...
If there is something I have wanted to do, I have always been in a position to do it. I feel fulfilled. I have a career that I have always wanted, a family...

How has teaching changed over the time of your career?
Technology has been a huge change. Behavior/family issues are more extreme now. But kids will always be kids. There is also more available help to kids with health issues or special needs.

What did you do before joining the Bluffton faculty?
I taught special education in grades K-12 in the public school system. I was also a special education administrator for a number of years.