Thursday, February 25, 2010

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…music staff & outstanding music students.

Melissa Kessler
HOD Music

“KIS has given me the room to grow and learn and the opportunity to enjoy new languages” – Melissa Kessler

Hometown: West Moreland, NY, USA
Years at KIS: 2 years
Organizations: MENC (Music Educators National Convention), PAS (Percussive Arts Society), Mu Phi Epsilon (Professional Music Fraternity)
Sports: Soccer, horseback riding, volleyball
Hobbies: Music, cooking, spending time with friends, learning new things
Music: Plays all instruments except guitar. Favorite music to listen to is Christian, Country, Classical and Jazz
Languages: English, Maori (New Zealand tribal), Italian

“I would like to see KIS grow as a community with genuine relationships and a unifying sense of purpose.” – Melissa Kessler

Sophie Levesque
Piano Teacher

“KIS has given me the opportunity to meet people from all over the world.” -Sophie Levesque

Hometown: Paris, France
Years at KIS: 2 years
Sports: Babyfoot (table football), ping pong, watching figure ice skating.
Hobbies: Watching movies, spending time with friends, dancing, reading
Music: Plays piano and flute. Enjoys listening to Classical, Salsa, world fusion and Revolution music
Languages: French, English, German, Russian

“I would like to see KIS be more open to new ideas.” - Sophie Levesque

Mikhail Fernandes
Grade 10

“KIS has given me the opportunity to grow into myself.” - Mikhail Fernandes

Hometown: Goa, India
Years at KIS: Mikhail began his studies at KIS in grade 5
Organizations: Peer Mediation, Tahr Pin recipient, Robotics Club, Reaching Through Computers/SoEx, VP’s List, Royal School of Music, Association for Music in International Schools.
Sports: Field hockey, badminton, football.
Hobbies: Learning new music, 3D computer animation, hiking, building things, computers and listening to all genres of music.
Music: Plays euphonium, saxaphone, piano, tuba, baritone and sings. Mikhail has been a member of the KIS Orchestra , Band and Choir
Languages: English, Hindi, French
Favorite teacher: Mr Sen
Favorite class: Science
Inspiration: “My Dad, for his work in cancer research and he also plays the piano.”

“I would like to see KIS bring out talents in other kids like it has in me.”
- Mikhail Fernandes

Tiffany Stewart
Grade 11

“KIS has given me the opportunity to learn about different cultures and meet people from around the world and also a good social life.” - Tiffany Stewart

Hometown: Kodai
Years at KIS: Began her studies at KIS in grade 9
Organizations: Peer Mediation, VP’s List
Sports: Track, field hockey, badminton, volleyball, rollerblading. Tiffany is on the KIS Track Team
Music: Plays piano and sings. Tiffany is a member of the KIS Honor Choir and is a member of her church choir and band. She enjoys listening to Modern Christian music.
Languages: English, Spanish, Tamil
Favorite teacher: Miss Sophie & Mr Punnoose
Favorite class: Spanish & English
Inspiration: “My sister, because she is always happy, spreads joy everywhere, and is a good leader.”

“I would like to see KIS develop more emphasis on Christianity.” – Tiffany Stewart