Kyra Whitehead attended The Master’s School for her junior and senior years of high school, graduating in 2009. Kyra states, “TMS holds an important place in my heart, as it marks a turning point in my personal and academic life. In fact, I would say that my experience at TMS profoundly altered the course of my education. The tight-knit community proved a perfect fit for my learning needs. Given that there were only 20 students in my graduating class, I sought an intimate college environment to match, which made exploring my academic interests more accessible.”
After graduating from The Master’s School, Kyra went on to Drew University and received her B.A. in Sociology in 2013. She continued her studies at Drew University’s Caspersen Graduate School, obtaining her Master’s of Letters, Global Studies in 2014 and Doctorate of Letters, Global Studies in 2019. Her dissertation was Ambassadors for Peace: A Literature and the Arts-Based ESL Classroom Model.
Dr. Whitehead currently lives in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, China as a Professor of English and Design. She teaches English composition courses, design-specific ESL classes, Research and Technology, Design Internship, and Global Design and Visual Culture. Apart from her work in the classroom, she runs a writing lab for all design students and is currently launching a Common Reading program on campus. She also does freelance editing and English tutoring.
Kyra still keeps in contact with friends from TMS. She has especially maintained close contact with alumnus Nathan Cournoyer, and they visit whenever possible. She often reflects on her time at TMS, and she looks forward to coming home to the United States soon to visit her family and friends with, hopefully, a visit to The Master’s School.
In her spare time, Kyra enjoys travel, playing the violin, writing, and yoga. Her short-term aspirations are to improve her Chinese, continue working on journal article publications, and publish her first novel. Kyra’s long-term goal is to obtain an administrative role in higher education or become tenured in a university.
Kyra, the world awaits! We are so proud of you and look forward to seeing you in the States soon.