Kim Rizio

Kim Rizio

English Chair, Golf Head Coach
(802) 867-5717 x147

Education: BA, Smith College, MA, College of St. Rose, MS, University of New Hampshire

If you are looking for someone truly local on our staff, I fit that description. I grew up in Manchester, the first child of two Manchester natives whose parents were close friends. My great-grandparents are buried in Manchester and Dorset, and my family has been in the local forestry, logging and building professions for generations.

A product of Manchester schools, I graduated from Smith College (major-English; minor-Philosophy) and went to work at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA. I completed an MA in English at the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY and an MS in English at UNH. When I came to Long Trail in 1992, there were 10 faculty and staff and we handwrote the report cards. My student teaching mentor told me when I accepted the job here that I might get spoiled by this kind of teaching and learning environment. She was right: I have been. What became clear to me as I invested myself in Long Trail was how wonderfully rich the relationships within this school community can be. What was true in 1992 is still true today: my small classes, e-classes and coaching opportunities give me a chance to really connect with students. I love how we learn and laugh with each other. Each day I am shown a fresh perspective on a piece of literature or learn something new about the area. Some days I get a lesson from students on new technologies and ways of accessing information. My point is that working at Long Trail means learning at Long Trail, every day, alongside my students.

I am proud to say that I still live in Manchester. After school hours, you might run into me at some of my favorite local haunts. I serve on the board of the Manchester Historical Society and of my church. Not surprisingly, since it is in my blood, you might find me on East Mountain in the woods surrounding my family camp.