Duggan returns home

Mr. Kyle Duggan has returned home to Heritage not as a student this time, but as a PACE paraprofessional.

“As a freshman at Heritage, I never thought that I would have ever been working here,” says Duggan.

Until this year, Duggan had still been returning to Heritage to volunteer, despite not being on staff. For the past three years, Duggan has been coaching the Unified Eagles Basketball team, a program that he is no stranger to. The program is dedicated to helping kids with special needs learn and play basketball.

He has been actively participating in Unified ever since he started high school, and this year will mark his ninth year with the program. Duggan had not only been involved with Unified Eagles, but was a student assistant as well, spending his off hours as a freshman and sophomore working with other students and staying late after Unified practices to help out.

According to Duggan, all of those contributions have shaped him into the person he is today.

“We are glad to have back now in the classroom,” says head of the PACE department Ms. Mindy Wilson. “He exerts a presence that is calm, yet, with high expectations.”

Now as a staff member, he is constantly in the classroom working with kids, something he has always dreamt about.

“What I love most about working with kids-especially in the special education department-would have to be seeing students interact and the joy that they display and bring to others,” says Duggan.

Duggan had always wanted to work in the special education department so that he could work hands-on with the kids he coaches.

“My favorite part of being an educator is seeing students understand and comprehend materials and then seeing them apply what they’ve learned to their lives,” says Duggan.

When he’s not at Heritage, Duggan loves to work on old cars and drag race at Bandimere Speedway.

“My goal is to drive a front engine dragster at 200 MPH,” Duggan says.

For this school year, Duggan’s goal is to get a Unified track team and soccer team up and running, in addition to the Unified basketball team. He is most looking forward to coaching the Unified basketball team for the third year as head coach.

Duggan (left) attended the Heritage graduation in 2014. Even though he was not teaching at Heritage at the time, Duggan still had personal connections with the graduates through Unified Basketball.

Duggan (left) attended the Heritage graduation in 2014. Even though he was not teaching at Heritage at the time, Duggan still had personal connections with the graduates through Unified basketball.

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