For 24 years, Iola Middle School history teacher Mark Boyd delivered his lessons while standing at the front of his classroom. He looked upon a sea of rambunctious eighth grade faces, watching through the course of the school year as they transitioned from children to teenagers on the cusp of adulthood.
He kept a watchful eye on the students in the back of the classroom, ready to intervene if they started to act up. He delighted as their conversations evolved into more a mature understanding of the world around them.
Now, his perspective has changed.