History Is One Big Story To Teacher

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Kristi Kisler

Name: Kristi Kisler

School and subjects taught: Rim Country Middle School, language arts, social studies, ACE lab, and gifted Achieve.

College degree and major: Bachelor’s in elementary education, extra certification in language arts, social studies and reading. I’m getting my master’s in elementary education.

Why do you teach? This is my third career. From the time I was in third-grade, I always wanted to be a teacher.

Personal motto/words of wisdom: The two most important things you always have are your integrity and your education.

Family: One son, Brad, a sophomore at Payson High School.

Pet peeve: Complainers. Get it done whatever it takes.

Favorite hobby or leisure activity: Scrapbooking and reading.

Person in history you’d most like to meet and why: Mary Fielding Smith. She was a Mormon pioneer whose husband was murdered. She moved her seven kids in an oxcart across the United States, and built a farm and raised food.

Why Payson? My parents used to live in the Valley. My sister lives here, and my parents were getting older. I told my sister, find me a place that isn’t 120 degrees in the summer.

In school, who was your favorite teacher and why? Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s state historian.

What was your favorite subject in school and why? History. I like to read. History is really just one big story.

What was your favorite year in school and why? My favorite years have been my master’s years since I moved back. When you’re older, you appreciate more what you don’t know and that makes learning easier.

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