Tuesday, July 28, 2009

KIS Profiles

Annual Giving Supports KIS People

The Annual Fund gives KIS the means to develop and continue programs that make this school a truly outstanding place. The Fund creates opportunities for KIS students to achieve all kinds of excellence and has a direct impact on KIS ability to attract exceptional teachers and tomorrow’s leaders. In this month’s profile, new and returning staff.

Alika Khosla, Development Officer
Hometown: New Delhi

Years at KIS: 1st year working for KIS, but during the past 2 years she has visited Kodai to conduct climate change seminars for the SoEx department

Organizations: The Climate Project (India Chapter of Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth campaign)
Also independently spearheads various global environmental campaigns and human rights film festivals.

Sports: Tennis, cycling, swimming

Hobbies: Trekking, music, reading, photography

Music: Guitar and singing with church choir

Languages: Hindi, English, Punjabi, Malayalam, German

Family: Daughter, Diviya and son, George

“I would like to see a global KIS community with its footprint in every nation of the world.” - Alika Khosla

Zai Whitaker, ESL Head of Department

Hometown: Mumbai, Chennai, Kodai and Bangalore are all homes.

Years at KIS: Worked at KIS 1987 – 2000 as Dorm parent, Student Activities, SoEx, Career Counselor, English teacher and ESL. Returned to KIS ESL department 2006, took one year off in 2008 - 2009, and has now returned as ESL Head of Department.

Organizations: Crocodile Bank, Chennai and Irula Women’s Society, Chennai

Sports: Badminton

Hobbies: Walking, bird watching, writing, swimming

Music: Sitar

Languages: Urdu, Hindi, English, Tamil

Family: Husband, Peter Moore and two sons, Nikhil and Samir both KIS alumni

“I would like to see KIS go back to the pattern of small dorms”
- Zai Whitaker

Sam Laitflang, Learning Resources, ESL, Piano
Class of ‘97

“KIS gave me the skills and values I’ve needed to get through life.”

Hometown: Bangalore

Years at KIS: Attended KIS 2.5 years - graduating Class of ’97, worked at KIS 2004 in the Preschool and Learning Resource departments. Has returned to KIS this year to work in Learning Resources, ESL Department and as piano teacher.

Favorite teacher while a student at KIS: Bob Granner, English

Hobbies: Reading, eating, music

Music: Piano, clarinet

Languages: English, Hindi, German, Khasi, Oriya, Nepali, is learning Tamil

Family: Husband, Gian Sealy Class of ’96, and 3 dogs

“I would like to see KIS continue to do so well and be the school we all love.”
-Sam Laitflang