Mrs. Kisling Helping Kids Plot Their Future

March 1, 2023


From left to right, Derek Kisling, Nikki Kisling, Levi Kisling, Zack Kisling and Sophie Kisling at Disney Land. (Photo provided by Nikki Kisling)

Mrs. Kisling is one of Fair Grove High School’s math teachers who is well known for always being an excited and positive teacher who teaches an assortment of math classes.

She started her career at Fair Grove back in 2013. She has also become invested in the school’s extra curricular activities such as becoming a sponsor of FTA (Future Teachers of America). 

“I realized I wanted to become a teacher my sophomore year in high school.  I was talking to my high school counselor about not knowing what I wanted to do after I graduated and she had me take a couple of tests to learn what kind of things I might be interested in.  Teaching was one of those.  I knew right away that math was the only class that I would ever be interested in teaching so I dived right in,” Mrs. Kisling stated. 

Mrs. Kisling has now spent ten years teaching and started teaching simply because she wanted to help students learn. Mrs. Kisling explained, “I had a couple of teachers in high school that were not available and/or unapproachable to ask questions to and I wanted to help fulfill that need for the future generation.”

Mrs. Kisling has been a valuable part of students’ math education and always makes sure students feel welcome and comfortable in her presence. Mrs. Kisling works hard to make sure that students not only learn in her classroom, but that they enjoy doing it. 

Kisling explained, “My favorite part of teaching is building relationships with the kids.  I enjoy learning about their hobbies and what they want to do after they graduate.  I love when I am able to help them accomplish their goals for the future mathematically speaking.”

Mrs. Kisling is never afraid to be her positive, always energetic and outgoing self. Although she loves all of her classes her favorite is College Algebra. She elaborated, “I enjoy teaching previous students and being able to build on knowledge learned in Algebra 2.”

For the most part Mrs. Kisling teaches sophomores and juniors. Of course with students having varying classes she does end up teaching a few freshmen and seniors which allow for more diversity in her classroom.

Mrs. Kisling stated that outside of school, “I am married to my high school sweetheart.  We have three kids.  I am the kids director at the church I attend. I enjoy playing games, being outdoors (biking, walking, playing with my kids) and just relaxing at home.”

Kisling’s main goal in this school is to help students get to where they want to be no matter if that’s in her classroom or if it’s using the same skills she taught them outside of the classroom. She has always taken great measures to make sure her students are as successful as possible in her classroom even if they don’t enjoy math.

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