By: Rebecca Murphy
Ms. Kisling, an English teacher who previously worked at Melrose High School for four years, has joined the AHS staff this year. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia she moved to Medford to attend Boston College.
The summer before she joined the AHS staff and community, she backpacked through Europe. She followed the El Camino trail that starts in France and ends in Spain, and walked up the Pyrenees Mountains accompanied by her boyfriend for five weeks. She called it a “liberating experience” because while she had her phone, she found it became insignificant to her when she was surrounded by all the natural beauty of the world. Her feet were worked hard by the end, yet she would experience it all again because the trip was empowering in the sense that she proved to herself that she could accomplish something so great.
In addition, Kisling enjoys spending time in her kitchen and has a passion for painting and yoga.
One of Kisling’s students from her AP Literature class, Will Christmann, noticed something different about her student survey, a survey that most teachers give out to “get to know students” in the beginning of the year. Kisling included one question in her survey that stood out to him: “What pronouns do you prefer?” He says it was refreshing to hear a teacher be so conscious and actively working to make sure all of her students are not only comfortable, but also feel safe within her classroom.