Kyle Halloran joins Indian Mountain this fall as our Director of Residential Life and is excited to share his message: “The best things in my life came when I stopped looking to others to make things happen for me.”
After graduating with a degree in Psychology from Fairfield University in 2009, Kyle began his teaching career soon after at Forman School, which specializes in supporting students with learning differences. During that time he taught both “Thinking and Writing” and Psychology and also served as the Director of Student Leadership. In an effort to get to know Kyle better, we asked him the following questions:
1. Kyle, tell us a bit about where you are from and how you got started in education.
I grew up in Morris, CT and was a “faculty brat” at the school where my mother works. Even though I attended boarding school for 12 years, I can’t really say that I ever considered a profession in education. I do distinctly remember being voted “Most likely to return and work at school,” so apparently my peers knew something that I did not. Nevertheless, I started working at Forman School right out of college, and I found a passion in working with students.
2. What pulled you to want to work at IMS?
Without question, the supportive community sold me. I was widely considered a “lifer” at my previous school, and I can honestly say that I showed up for my interview at IMS looking for reasons to not take this opportunity seriously. As it turned out, I felt I connected well with every member of the community that I met that day. As I prepare for the school year now, I am finding affirmation at every turn. To be at a place with such motivated, intelligent, and supportive faculty and staff committed to the school’s mission, I know I am at a place where we can create a one-of-a-kind experience for these students.
3. What excites you the most about your new position at IMS and the opportunities it offers?
I am excited for the opportunity to be in a position that is so immersed in the day-to-day activities, both for the students and the faculty. Moreover, I am so excited for my family to join the community as I know my girls, Keelyn and Adeline, are looking forward to making new friends!
4. If there is one thing you would want people to know about you, what would it be?
Triathlon is a passion of mine. As I write, I am currently one race away from earning All-American honors, which is something I’ve worked the last seven years to achieve. My next two races are in Marbletown, NY and Hyannis, MA so I will have the opportunity to race in some pretty cool environments in the process.
5. Do you have a message you would like to share with the boarding community for the upcoming school year?
The best things in my life came when I stopped looking to others to make things happen for me. As a part of a community, it is important that we realize there is a shared responsibility in developing a fun, creative, and productive environment. This coming school year is going to be one to remember if we all decide to take an active role in the shaping of our community at IMS.