Teacher of the Week: Mr. Joshua King


Fabria Brower

Mr. Joshua King

Eagle Eye: Why did you become a teacher?
Joshua King: The short answer, “To make a difference.” I had so many great teachers growing up. But the ones who really stood out to me were my History teachers. For one, they helped me grow a love for the subject. But beyond that, they were positive role models who had a huge impact on me during my formative years. I decided to go to college to become a history teacher so I could be for others what they were for me.

My grandfather was another important role model for me. He taught special education for 35 years. When he passed, I saw and heard from many former students of his that he did “make a difference”. To see that he built a legacy that lives beyond him, I thought was truly special.

EE: Why did you choose the subject you teach?
JK: Why History? It has always been my favorite subject. Learning about the past is just so interesting to me. My senior year, I took extra social studies classes for fun! There’s so much we can learn from history. Everything is connected! We can learn about the present and future by analyzing and understanding the past, which then allows us to recognize similar trends as they occur. Learning history through primary sources, for instance, can also help students develop empathy and understanding for others through personal experiences, as all humans share a common bond.

EE: What is your favorite thing about teaching at Tyrone?
JK: My favorite thing about teaching at Tyrone is definitely the close-knit culture of the school. Everybody knows each other, and I find comfort in that. This close-knit culture allows students and staff to build connections, which ultimately benefits all.

EE: What are some of your favorite hobbies and interests?
JK: In addition to teaching history, my other passion is coaching boys basketball. I enjoy spending time with Bailey (my dog), doing yard work and house projects, having bonfires, and going to concerts

EE: What is some good advice you’ve been given as a teacher?
JK: Be yourself. Build connections with students. Pick your battles. Be flexible.

EE: What’s the hardest part of teaching and why?
JK: The constant increase of demands. The never-ending paperwork, emails, and phone calls that get in the way of teaching and interacting with students.

EE: What are some jobs held before you got into teaching?
JK: I worked at JB Tree Farm through high school. I did some roofing as well. Then I worked in retail at a music store through college.

EE: What is something that students might be surprised to find out about you?
JK: I was crowned Homecoming King my senior year at Williamsburg High School.

EE: What’s your favorite movie?
JK: Harry Potter Series

EE: What is your spirit animal? Why?
JK: The Wolf. They are curious, intelligent, instinctual, loyal, and desire freedom.