Born in Akron, Ohio and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Kathy Pyle felt the call to teach at the young age of three as evidenced by her parents memories of her lining her stuffed animals up as her first class. As she grew up watching her mother teach Sunday school the pull towards teaching became greater and she was thrilled to have a lifelong student when her younger sister, Alice joined the family. Kathy and Alice continued to grow in the church through family ministries in Birmingham and in North Augusta, SC when their family was relocated. It was what she learned about God’s love for her through family ministries that has driven her passion to serve in this arena.
When the time came to choose a college, Kathy chose the College of Charleston for its amazing education program and for the beautiful city she would be able to call home. She graduated from the College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education. The following fall, a seventeen year career with Charleston County Public Schools began as she accepted a teaching position at Mitchell Elementary School. Throughout her time with the district, Kathy has assisted in establishing math and science magnet programs in two elementary schools and graduated the Teaching Math and Science Masters of Education Program at the College of Charleston. The belief that all children can grow and learn has led her to find new and innovative ways to include students with special needs in her regular education classroom.
In 2003, it was this belief that caused her to join a team developing a program to serve families with children with special needs at Seacoast Church. The program called Won by One was created to provide a place for all children to learn about God’s love for them while providing an opportunity for families to attend worship together. In her time developing lessons and activities and teaching these precious children, Kathy was continually reminded of the beauty and diversity of God’s creation and overwhelmed by God’s grace in allowing her the chance to serve in such a capacity. As much as Kathy has loved to see the growth of her students each year, she is awed and humbled to have the opportunity to share God’s love through family ministries.
Not long ago she felt God steering her in a new direction and was honored to be called as the Family Ministries Coordinator for St. Thomas’ Church. Kathy is currently residing in Mt. Pleasant and is blessed to have frequent opportunities to visit her family in Aiken, SC and North Augusta, GA. She is also lucky enough to serve fifth graders at Mt. Pleasant Academy as their math and science teacher.