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Kristin Carlisle

English English teacher

Ms. Carlisle attended the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in journalism with a concentration in English literature. After college she moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked for two members of Congress as a legislative aide and speechwriter. Later in Austin, Texas, she worked as a policy director for a nonprofit organization devoted to ending poverty. She visited the Texas-Mexico border and wrote extensively about living conditions there. Additionally, she co-authored a chapter on housing poverty in a book published by the University of Arizona press. Her articles have also been published in trade magazines and UCLA's law journal. The Common Core learning standards include public speaking skills and Ms. Carlisle has extensive experience in this area, including invited testimony at a congressional staff briefing. During her time on Capitol Hill and working for social justice, she learned first-hand how the spoken and written word can change the world for the better.  

In 2011, Ms. Carlisle finished her graduate coursework in education and moved to the island of Maui. From a little schoolhouse nestled in a tropical valley, she taught 8th grade English for five years, served as chair of the English department, and established her school's first annual poetry slam. Additionally, she was the co-director of the Hawaii Writing Project through the University of Hawaii, teaching other teachers how to engage kids in reading and writing while firing up their creativity.

Ms. Carlisle looks for opportunities for her students to connect their learning to the larger world. For example, she facilitated video conversations between her students and notable figures like documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and youth activist and hip-hop artist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez.  In 2012, Ms. Carlisle reached out to the Maui community to fully fund her student's participation and travel to the John's Hopkins Univerisity Center for Talented Youth summer program. In 2016, two of Ms. Carlisle's students were selected as winners of a statewide writing contest. Their writing will be published and put on display in all Hawaii libraries. 

In her spare time, Ms. Carlisle is a competitive swimmer (she was part of a relay team in a race between two Hawaiian islands). The joys of her life (outside of teaching) are her son Oliver (age 7) and husband Peter (attorney). 

The 2016-17 school year will be Ms. Carlisle's first year at ATC, where she will be teaching 8th and 9th grade English.