Kyle grew up in a small town in West Michigan, where both of his parents, along with his grandmother, taught in the local public school. He graduated from Grand Valley State University with a degree in history and political science. Kyle then went on to obtain a master’s degree in history from Eastern Michigan University.
As a substitute teacher and after-school program coordinator, he became intrigued by educational research as he learned about the experiences of his students. He then moved to California to pursue his Ph.D. in education from the University of California, Riverside. While in his Ph.D. program, Kyle focused his research on educational inequities and how schools reproduce a variety of societal inequities.
Before and carrying through his time in graduate school, Kyle engaged in a variety of organizing efforts—from working on political campaigns, campus organizing, and operating voter registration efforts in the communities in which he lived. This background in organizing, educational research, union activism, and the continued frustrations that filled the lives of his parents, grandmother, and teacher colleagues led Kyle to E4E and its mission around educational equity.