Name: Kristi Kisler
School and subjects taught: Seventh-grade gifted language arts; seventh-grade gifted social studies; Title 1 reading for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grades.
College degree and major: Northern Arizona University; master’s degree in elementary education, specializing in reading.
Years teaching: four
Why do you teach? To provide students with an opportunity to develop life-long skills that will help them transition into adults who strengthen and move our society forward in a positive manner.
Personal motto / words of wisdom: Nothing is impossible if you are willing to work hard and learn from your failures. Great things await those who strive to meet their personal goals.
Family: I am a widow with one son, Bradley Kisler. I have two brothers who live in the Valley and a sister who lives in the Payson area (Tonto Village).
Pet peeve: People who always see the negative side of life. There is so much to be thankful for and we need to embrace the good and throw out the bad.
Favorite hobby or leisure activity: I love finding activities I can use in the classroom to make learning fun and interesting. I also enjoy photography, genealogy, reading, playing board games, quilting and spending time with my friends and family.
Person in history you’d most like to meet and why: John Adams. He led an interesting life and could always see through the negativity that faced our country as it was being established. He was a prolific writer and had deep, meaningful insights into what he felt would make America great.
Why Payson? I moved back to Arizona (from San Diego) in 2002 to be near my family. I wanted to move from a large urban environment, to a small town where people cared about each other and the community in which they lived. I also did not want to live in a place that reached 115 degrees. Payson fit the bill on all counts.
In school, who was your favorite teacher and why? The best teacher I ever had was Arizona’s Historian, Marshall Trimble. He taught me that learning could be fun and exciting. He also helped me develop my personal love of history and to understand its impact on today’s society.
What was your favorite subject in school and why?
I have always loved history, partly because there are so many great people to admire and emulate; and partly because I love to read and history is just one big dramatic story.
What was your favorite year in school and why? My favorite year in school is always the current class I am taking. I love to learn new things and with each new class, I add to what I already know. There is always something new we can learn, it is just a matter of having the desire to go out and learn it.