David Handyside

Director, Teacher Education Field Experiences

Associate Professor, Education

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About Mr. Handyside

David Handyside grew up in Fairport, New York, and attended Cedarville University after high school graduation. He met his wife, Margaret, at college, and they were married in 1969. They have two children. Their daughter, Kimberly Dawley, graduated in Elementary Education from Maranatha in 1996. She and her husband, Jon, have three girls: Jenna, Keira, and Olivia. Their son, Timothy, and his wife, Valerie, have two daughters, Carly and Molly. Tim pastors a church in Missouri.

As Director of Teacher Education Field Experiences, Mr. Handyside administers all of the pre-student teaching and student teaching clinical experience. His wife works in the same office and oversees the sophomore field work and junior practicum areas while he concentrates on student teaching placements and observations. Mr. Handyside performs 25 to 30 observations each semester and appropriate faculty, including Mrs. Handyside, do the rest of the needed student observations. “It is my responsibility to build relationships with Christian and public schools,” says Mr. Handyside. “I evaluate and grade the student teachers.” He also aids college faculty by observing their classes. These observations are for faculty promotion and professional growth purposes. Mr. Handyside says, “We all learn together.” In addition, Mr. Handyside teaches Education Seminar for seniors and two education methods classes.

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“Family is very important,” Mr. Handyside says. “I enjoy many sports, but I have loved Bible study, serving in the local church, and teaching Sunday school.” Mr. & Mrs. Handyside also love visiting historical sites together.


The Handysides attend Calvary Baptist Church in Watertown, where Mr. Handyside serves on the school board for Calvary Baptist Christian School, assists with the calling ministry, and occasionaly teaches a Sunday school class.


MA, Administration and Supervision, University of Illinois
BS, Elementary Education, Cedarville University