Kyle is thrilled to find himself teaching two of his passions – sport and horticulture – as a part of the outdoor movement and gardening programs, along with select core-curriculum courses under the tutelage of his experienced teaching teammates.
Kyle Walenga was born and raised in the embracing fog of the Sunset district of San Francisco, the neighborhood he still proudly calls home. He attended the Waldorf School in San Francisco from kindergarten all the way through high school. Along the way, he had the great fortune of learning from Lalla Carini, Cristina Cabrera and Meinir Davies – all of whom he now has the privilege to call mentors and colleagues at NVS.
Kyle continued his studies at Knox College, an intimate liberal arts institution in Galesburg, IL where he majored in Environmental Studies and Spanish and competed for the NCAA Division III Prairie Fire baseball team. Kyle also spent a semester in Buenos Aires studying Argentine culture, where he fell in love with the Andean scenery of Mendoza.
Following graduation and a period of time on the East Coast, Kyle returned to the Bay Area and began his teaching career by coaching youth sports. Soon after, he joined the New Village community, first as an office assistant in 2013, and then as a member of the teaching team as the school’s first-ever teaching apprentice for the 2014-2015 school year.
Kyle is thrilled to find himself teaching two of his passions – sport and horticulture – as a part of the outdoor movement and gardening programs, along with select core-curriculum courses under the tutelage of his experienced teaching teammates. He also values his time telling stories from around the world to the children of the younger grades.
When he is not playing ball, Kyle can be found in his garden in Montara, CA, where he grows anything from squash to peppers to Peruvian purple corn. Kyle believes that gardening can have an immensely positive social impact on a community, and that using and teaching sustainable growing methods can foster a culture of connection while providing invaluable lessons of patience, humility, understanding and love in the children.
In middle school, Kyle played basketball for Coach Milton Pacas Sr., father of NVS kindergarten teacher Milton Jr. His parents Ken and Charlene live in Pacifica with their three parrots Popeye, Sluggo, and Piña. He has a younger sister, Kyra.