Q and A: Kaith Young

Rae Walberg, Staff Writer

Kaith Young has taught World Geography and Human Geography at Wando for four years.

Q: Why are you a World Geography teacher?

A: I always like to talk about the world, and the people in it, and the places,and the culture the languages, the religions. I love talking about those different things because if you truly want to be a global citizen and you truly care about the world you need to be familiar, and study and learn about the different cultures of the world. I think it’s are duty to make sure that we learn all that we can about other people’s cultures.

Q: Do you think you teach so people become aware of the world around them?

A:As it pertains to the standards, absolutely. I love talking, I love bringing my personal experiences travelling around the world and around the country. I love bringing what I’ve been able to experience, but being at Wando the really cool thing is that a lot of students here have also travelled abroad and it’s interesting to see their opinions and their experiences and how they are able to share some of the same things that I’ve done and have a completely different perspective.

Q: How long have you been teaching?

A: This is my eighth year in a classroom. I taught at my old high school, the one I graduated from, Georgetown High School in Georgetown, S.C. I taught there for five years and this is my fourth year here at Wando.

Q: When did you get into the Ap program?

A: I taught AP Human Geography at Georgetown and I was able to continue to do that here. So I’ve been teaching for about six years. At my old school, my principal approached me and I was still very eager to take on new things and they offered. I was the only teacher for AP Human Geography in the entire county — five high schools in the county and I was the only one certified to teach it and I thought it would be a really cool thing. Because at the time, the course had only really been around for a decade or so it’s a relatively new course. It was fresh, it was exciting and fun. And I thought it’d be really cool to get trained and certified in it. I went up to Greenville for a couple of weeks and had a blast learning about all this stuff, being able to apply it. Each year it’s gotten better and that’s the cool thing about geography. It’s not so much what’s on a map anymore and that’s probably what your parents did it’s constantly evolving, it’s changing. That’s the really cool thing

Q: What impact do hope to make through teaching?

A: As a teacher I want them to understand the different cultures and everything we discuss and I want them to do well on the AP exam. But as they become older and they become more globalized citizens themselves, I hope that they take the things that we learn and they are able to apply it to real-world scenario because that’s the coolest thing about geography. I was an undergrad in History, Political Science minor. Social sciences — I love them.
But the coolest thing geography and more so than those other disciplines within the greater realm of social studies is that this gives you a chance for real-world applications. You are taking what we learn, we talk about in class you go and visit it. And you can immerse yourself in the language, in the customs, the traditions, the mores and all the cool stuff. My biggest hope is that students after this class have a greater appreciation for people around the world. People helping people also.

Q: Outside of school what are some of your hobbies?

A: I love to play golf. I haven’t been able to get out there too much in 2019. I love going to basketball games. I love to read. Those are some of the things I like to do and then family is really big to me. My folks are still pretty close, they live in Georgetown. My oldest brother and his wife and their kids live in James Island, and I can see them a pretty good bit. My middle brother is in D.C. so I don’t get to see him as much as I would like to. But we are all really tight knit — my whole entire family.