Cab Calloway School of the Arts teacher Edward Killheffer was named the 2013 Red Clay School District Teacher of the Year. Killheffer will represent the district in competition for Delaware Teacher of the Year this fall.
Killheffer began his career at Cab Calloway in 2002, after a 14-year career creating and operating two construction corporations.
Cab Calloway Dean Julie Rumschlag said Killheffer is a phenomenal teacher.
"Mr. Killheffer is the kind of teacher you want your kids to have," she said. "He teaches students to put ownership on learning."
Killheffer recently took some time to answers a few questions about teaching at Cab Calloway and being named Teacher of the Year.
Q. What or who inspired you to become a teacher?
A. I have always had a strong desire to improve others' lives and to help people. I had been a general contractor for 15 years prior to entering education. My three kids were getting older and I felt I didn't see them much and I wanted a career change. As I reflected on my years as a contractor, and considering the amazing things we built, I realized I was most proud of the high level of skill and professionalism of the people who came to work for me. When I met them they were rough and mostly unskilled. I helped them become polished experts who could interact effectively with our most discriminating clients. I realized I had been teaching all along, so a move into public education was very exciting to me.
Q. How did you feel when you heard you were named Red Clay Consolidated School District's Teacher of the Year?
A. I heard the morning after my interview as the Superintendent, our Dean, Assistant Dean and two other representatives from the District came to my first period Precalculus class. It was unbelievable and very exciting. The kids went nuts! I was so happy to share it with them. As it has sunk in more, it is an amazing honor to be chosen and very humbling.
Q. What is your favorite part of teaching at Cab Calloway?
A. Having the privilege of working with the students every day is wonderful. They give me energy. It is incredibly gratifying seeing what they accomplish as their abilities and confidence grow.
Q. If you were not teaching, what would you be doing?
A. If I weren't teaching, I'd want to work as an administrator who works closely with teachers to help develop their practices. If I weren't in education, I'd probably be doing one of two things. I'd either work for a non-profit like Habitat for Humanity or have a cabinet making shop. I was a carpenter for many years and love working with my hands.