Welcome to KRMS
We just had a website facelift so you may need a bit of direction to locate information.
There is now a tab for parents, students and staff on the top of the page. These pages are divided into 3 main sections. There is a "Help Me" section, an "Inform Me" section and a "Remind Me" section.
Another key element of this website is a new page dedicated to KRMS Communication. You will find this on the parent page and you can link to it here.
*Kearsarge Voices is the student newspaper at KRMS. The paper is written by students for students. This year, students will write a feature article to be posted on the home page each month. Mr. Dean Barker is the newspaper advisor.
An Interview with Our New Principal Mr. Paterson
by Editors Ingrid Cole-Johnson '20,
Shaun Jameson '21 & Victoria Cruz '22
05 November 2015
Where did you live before moving to the Kearsarge area? Have you lived in other places as well?
Before coming to Kearsarge, I lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for six years. Prior to that, I lived in different towns in Colorado for 18 years. I grew up in Northeast Connecticut.
What gave you the idea to work at Kearsarge?
I love the area and wanted to live a work in a great community, a place where I could raise my family. The opportunity to lead a school that has a supportive community and a desire to provide the best education for our children was also very important.
What do you think about working at KRMS so far?
The support of the Kearsarge community has been wonderful. The teachers here are talented and are really committed to making our school the best it can be. The biggest thing though, has been getting to know our students. Our school is such an amazing place because we have such amazing kids!
What do you think we could do to improve the school, realistic or not?
I think the biggest thing I can do as a leader is unite the school community around a common vision. We also are working on improving our communication. In my dream school, we would find ways for every student to discover and explore their talents. It is not unrealistic, but will take time for us to make a reality.
If you could change one thing about the curriculum, what would it be?
I think our plates are too full. If I could change one thing it would be make space in the curriculum for deeper learning and authentic ways for students to show what they have learned.
What do you think about technology in the classroom?
Technology is a great tool for communicating, researching and creating, but it is no substitute for face-to-face collaboration and teaching. I saw a great t-shirt a few years ago. It said, “I Teach. There’s no app for that.” Teachers are our greatest resource for learning and technology is a tool for them to use. An important skill that we all need to learn is how to work with other people. Working and talking across a table is a great opportunity to build those skills.
Who was your biggest role model growing up?
My Mom! She is an amazing woman! As a single mom, she raised three children, worked her way up from low level position to one with great responsibility. While doing all of this she earned her way through college and was, until just last week, the mayor of a small college town in Connecticut. While doing all of this she always had time for family and helping others. She has been my biggest role model and the person I most aspire to be like.
What were you like as a middle schooler?
Awkward and disorganized. I really didn’t know who I was or who I wanted to be. I had trouble focusing and managing my time. If it were not for some great teachers, I would not have made it through and had the opportunities I had later in life. You can only see these things in hindsight, but I can point to some outstanding teachers who changed my life.
When you were in middle school, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I can’t really remember. I probably had ideas about being a pro soccer player or something, but unfortunately didn’t have the skills or determination to make it a reality. A sense of future, of making my dreams become a reality, is one of the things that I wished I had developed earlier. In high school, I started to develop the idea of working with kids, but I was not really mature enough. I always had a passion for teaching, but it really started to take shape later in life.
Favorite genre of music?
It depends on my mood. I am fairly eclectic. Some days it is folk or country, some days more pop or R & B. I used to love metal, but not as much anymore. I love music that tells a story or has a message. There are some great hip hop artists who write about social justice and inequality. Music has the ability to inspire and drive change. But some days, I just want to hear a good story and feel good.
The forest in fall. It brings back great memories of being a kid and being in the woods with no cares or worries. Now, I go to the woods as way to leave the responsibilities of adulthood behind for a little while.
I love to listen to the acoustic guitar, but I played the trombone in MS and HS.
Least favorite sound?
Anything loud and screechy.
Name your three favorite words.
Wonder, resilience, joy
Do you still dress up for Halloween? Why or why not?
I have not dressed up for Halloween in years. I have never really been that into Halloween and costumes. I do like making the costumes for my kids though. They come up with what they want to be and I get to help them create it. This year my two-year-old wanted to be an airplane!
If you had a time machine, would you go to the future or the past, and why?
The past. I love to learn about history. The chance to experience it firsthand and meet the people would be amazing. How cool would it be to sit down and talk with Thomas Jefferson or Gandhi? I like the mystery of what the future holds. I would hate to ruin that by seeing it first.
What's more cool? A flying car or a hoverboard?
Hoverboard. Isn’t a flying car really a plane?
Plaid or polka dots?
Plaid, in moderation.
What is the purpose of existence?
To experience happiness and share it with others.