By Nathan McIvor’17
Kyle Tong has deep ties to Maine. As Lincoln Academy’s new Coordinator of Curriculum and Auxiliary Programs, he wanted to “get back to New England,” after thirty years of teaching and administrative work across Massachusetts, Ohio, and California. Upon his arrival, he noted how “people are very welcoming and friendly,” and praised the school’s “gorgeous spot on top of the hill.”
In his new position, Tong will administer the “growth and development” of the Academy’s academic offerings, aligning traditionally external programs, such as SCUBA or ATEC’s Invent to Learn, with the core curriculum. He also supports Associate Head of School, Andy Mullin, with faculty evaluation and curriculum development.
After joining the administration in July, Tong took over management of Lincoln Academy’s summer programs, which bring international students to stay in the LA dorms and experience summer on the Maine Coast. Managing and growing the summer programs is part of Tong’s responsibilities at Lincoln. He will also teach US History and US Government and Politics in the 2017-18 school year.
Tong brings extensive professional experience to Lincoln Academy. While at Columbus Academy in Ohio, he spearheaded the East Asian Institute, an academic exchange program between his school and Hefei, China. A point of pride in his career, he aimed to bridge gaps between cultures while exposing young people to a “curriculum in global studies.” The effort succeeded, in Tong’s view, due to being “particularly focused” on a specific region, instead of merely being a broad survey in multiculturalism. Prior to joining Lincoln Academy, he was Camp O-AT-KA’s Executive Director. Several generations of his family had been involved with the camp, an all-boys summer program quartered on Sebago Lake, and the position brought him full circle to his childhood roots.
Raised in Williamstown, Massachusetts,Tong earned an A.B. in History from Bowdoin College before beginning a career in education, which is “kind of a family business,” as “both of my parents were educators” (his father at nearby Williams College) and a natural step for him. While working with students, he states that “one of the challenges of education is helping them learn to learn.There is no set path, just providing guidance to help them become lifelong learners,” acknowledging the role teachers play in helping young people navigate the uncertain waters between childhood and adulthood.
In his spare time, he is an avid reader and enjoys hiking. He lives in Wiscasset.
Nathan McIvor is a 2017 graduate of Lincoln Academy and an intern in the LA Communications Office.