A Kiski Teacher’s Sabbatical Journey

If you were to take a sabbatical, how would you spend it? The Kiski School teachers have the option of taking a sabbatical to do something related to their field. In 2016, Kiski’s Marcus Muster was awarded a two and a half month sabbatical, which took him to a multitude of exciting destinations last fall, including various cities in Spain and Kelleys Island in Ohio.

Marcus has been a member of the Kiski faculty since 1987, when he started teaching in the math department. He eventually moved his way into the technology department, where he currently serves as the Director of Technology as well as the Mathematics Chairman. During his 30 years at The Kiski School, Marcus has also been heavily involved with Kiski’s athletics, having spent 17 years as head football coach and currently on his sixth season as the head baseball coach.

After much deliberation, as well as encouragement from his colleagues, Marcus decided to apply for a sabbatical last summer, which was ultimately awarded to him. He chose to add a component of community service to his sabbatical, spending the month of November volunteering his technology expertise to the village of Kelleys Island in Ohio, where his family owns a cabin. He spent his weeks on Kelleys Island working alongside the mayor to establish  an emergency alert system for the island.

“We were able to get about a third of the island population to subscribe to this emergency alert system,” Marcus said. “It was rewarding for me to give back to the community where we have a home, and at the same time be able to use a little bit of my experience to do that.”

Following his time volunteering on Kelleys Island, Marcus spent 22 days traveling around the country of Spain, where his daughter had recently begun her first semester studying abroad. His wife, Mary Grace, who also teaches and is assistant athletic director at Kiski, was able to join him for the last ten days of the trip.

During his sabbatical, Marcus still found time to teach his computer class online from both Kelleys Island and from Spain, and was able to share many of his experiences with his students back at Kiski.

“Sharing my experience with the kids has been beneficial to both them and myself,” Marcus said. “We value community service very much–it’s something that the School is very invested in.”

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