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Herda strives to teach ‘the whole person’ at Lyon

After teaching at Lyon College for six years, Associate Professor of Spanish Dr. John Herda has adopted the holistic worldview of a liberal arts education.

“I have become more aware of the student as a whole person.”

He continued, “I suppose this is due to advising, spending time with honor societies and assisting students with their professional endeavors.”

Herda attended state schools as a student, so he was always intrigued by the idea of a residential liberal arts college. He was initially drawn to Lyon because he wanted a tenure-track post and liked how close the College was to Texas, his home state.

He began teaching at Lyon in the fall of 2014 and was promoted to associate professor by the Board of Trustees in December 2019.

“I am honored by the promotion and could not have been granted it without the support of our students, the faculty and staff and the Board of Trustees,” Herda said. “I am grateful to all of them.”

One of his favorite parts about the Lyon community is the variety of Spanish classes he has been able to create.

“I have had the privilege of talking with students about poetry, history, philosophy and recently pedagogy,” Herda said. “Since our students are remarkably versatile, as faculty we can really change it up with course offerings.”

In the future, he would like to offer a Spanish special topics course on hospitality and tourism and see a tennis program established at Lyon if possible.

“What I look forward to the most is alumni returning to campus, particularly the class of 2020,” Herda said. “They are always welcome in my classroom.”