As some of our students move on to try new experiences, most will return in some capacity later in life. Whether for the reunion, as alumni mentors, or even as faculty, we look forward to seeing our students again. One of our current teachers, Mary Grace Muster, is one of those valued individuals who returned to our campus.
Mary Grace, whose son just graduated, teaches life skills and is the assistant athletic director at Kiski. Mary Grace, like her son, grew up on Kiski’s campus. Both of her parents moved here to teach when she was very young. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Zach Vlahos, who have a Kiski dorm named after them, taught at Kiski for 40 years. In that time, they moved their family around to different dorms and buildings on campus, giving Mary Grace a front-row seat to the evolution of The Kiski School.
Aside from the building renovations and sustainability initiatives, Mary Grace remembers when students attended class on Saturdays making Sunday their only day off. Even on their one-day weekend, they had to attend a formal dinner followed by church. With new leadership though came many new changes for the school. Not only do our students have full two-day weekends to enjoy, we also revamped our teaching styles to be more project-based, hands-on and boy-focused.
With all of these changes and her inside-perspective as a teacher, Mary Grace still believed Kiski was the best place to send her son.
“Kiski gives the boys a lot of one-on-one time with faculty,” she said.
At Kiski, her son Zach tried different classes that Mary Grace never thought would interest him like jewelry-making and woodworking. And, because Zach opted to live in the dorms with the other students, he also learned how to be independent. I believe that Kiski students start college ahead of their peers, Mary Grace said, because they already have time-management skills and experience living away from home. That time away from home in high school, she said, also helped her have a better relationship with her children. She also has a daughter who graduated from a boarding school.
“When they get home from school for Thanksgiving, they’re like totally different creatures,” she said. They have table manners and have already learned so much at school that they just want to share their experiences with you.
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Established in 1888, The Kiski School is one of the oldest, independent, all-boys, college preparatory boarding schools in Pennsylvania and the United States. Home to 200 boys, Kiski offers an academically rigorous curriculum that includes Advanced and Honors courses, 12 varsity sports, and a community that allows boys to thrive through project-based learning and self-discovery. Kiski's beautiful, 350-acre campus is located in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA.