I teach because I get to be around young people who are making a concerted effort to better themselves. For them, it would be easier and cheaper to skip college, but our students are investing four of the best years of their lives to allow God to shape them into something truly outstanding. As far as I am concerned, there is nothing better than discussing great books and great ideas with these young scholars.
I enjoy putting together new classes that I haven’t taught before. Some of my favorites are Irish literature, African-American literature, and Creative Writing. The first time through a new class is nerve-wracking and time consuming, but it is also exciting and rewarding.
Tyler Blake was born in Kennett, Missouri. When he was ten, he moved with his family to Alabama where he graduated from East Limestone High School. After graduation he enrolled at MidAmerica Nazarene University and majored in English. Blake remembers the lonely, twelve-hour drive from Alabama to Kansas in his 1977 Volkswagen Scirocco, his “pride and joy” in those days.
In his sophomore year at MNU, Blake was introduced to a freshman cheerleader, Regina (Navarro ’89) Blake, and the two were married a month after his graduation. Blake then enrolled at the University of Missouri-Kanas City to pursue his doctorate. During his time at UMKC, Blake and his wife had three children, two of whom went on to become English majors. (He stills holds out hope for the third, a sophomore nursing major.) Currently, the Blake family lives in Shawnee by the Kansas River where they enjoy dirt-biking and other outdoor activities.