Chad Walden is passionate about helping students develop critical literacy skills that empower them to pursue their dreams.
“Educators have an awesome opportunity to powerfully impact the quality of individual students’ lives,” he says.
Walden has more than 15 years of classroom experience at the high school level, and he has taught Language Arts courses part-time at Montcalm Community College. This fall, he joins the college as a full-time Language Arts instructor, where he will teach Freshman English 1 and 2, College Reading, Basic Writing and Speech.
Walden attended MCC in 1994 and 1995 before earning a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Arts in English Language and Literature from Central Michigan University.
Previously, Walden taught English and coached basketball at Central Montcalm High School from 1999 to 2008 and at Fulton High School from 2008 to 2014.
“Reading and thinking critically, sifting through and evaluating the vast amounts of information we encounter, sharing ideas through effective writing and speaking skills, building and critiquing arguments – these skills are crucial to what teacher and edublogger Dave Stuart, Jr., refers to as long-term student flourishing,” he says. “When we master these skills, we gain the power to improve the quality of our lives, pursue and achieve our goals and leave the world better than we found it.”
Walden believes that it is just as important for students to overcome non-academic challenges in addition to receiving an education, especially because college is a time and place for many new challenges to arise.
“All students can grow if they are willing to push through adversity when it inevitably comes. One of my favorite things about teaching is when I see a student dive into a challenging task, push through the difficulty or frustration and emerge with increased confidence and a hard-won sense of accomplishment,” he says.
“I want my students to push themselves to master the literacy skills that will open doors for them in the future, to embrace lifelong learning and to leave my classes feeling more equipped to accomplish their goals,” he adds.
Walden resides in Middleton with his wife, Natasha, and their three children, Caleb, Allison and Avery.