MEET A BSU GRAD « BACK
Finding inspiration in the youngsters he plans to teach.
Todd Hikkulla believes "lives can be made or broken when we are kids." As a carpenter and educator, he plans to lay foundations for sound structures and strong youth.
Hikkulla's university education was interrupted in 2003 when he was deployed for 14 months as a carpenter with the National Guard, spending a year of that time in Iraq. His service there earned him the Army Commendation Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal and two Army Achievement Medals.
Back home, Hikkulla draws on his diverse experiences to help youth achieve their own goals. While completing his degree, he continued his work in the construction industry and spent his last year in an internship teaching building trades skills to students at Staples-Motley High School. He also coached the Staples' seventh grade football team, which has made him more focused on seeking coaching opportunities.
His life experiences and BSU education are the foundation from which he plans to build a future as a teacher, coach, continuing participant in the construction industry and, eventually, business owner.
Hikkulla leaves BSU with high expectations: "I believe every child deserves a good chance and hope I can help some kids have a better life."