Mrs. Cisneros calls her apartment at KES home. Besides being a house parent, Mrs. Cisneros also teaches Grades 11 and 12 IB Spanish. She is also the link between the school and Spanish-speaking parents. Mrs. Cisneros helps with cadet activities and the annual Terry Fox event. She and her husband are devoted school photographers, regularly sharing their candid shots with the KES community.
Outside of the school, Mrs. Cisneros teaches Spanish at Forest Heights School in Chester as part of the recreational activities that the community office offers. She also teaches Spanish in Windsor.
Mrs. Cisneros is no stranger to KES. She has been at KES for 6 years and her son studied at KES from Grades 8 to 12. She became a houseparent when her son was still a KES student to be closer to her son.
Mrs. Cisneros loves the sense of community at KES and the interest that the school has to help students discover and take advantage of their potential in different areas such as academic, athletic and the arts.
For Mrs. Cisneros, being a houseparent has helped her be more empathetic with teenagers. It has also offered her and her husband the opportunity to get to know more about Canadian culture and to easily integrate with society.
When Mrs. Cisneros is not at KES she can be found at home with her family and their dog or traveling as a family in the summer or at Christmas.
Mrs. DesRoches is the Head of Female Boarding, and also a house parent at Vair-McLellan House. As an Executive Assistant for KES, she manages everything from student travel and major event planning to daily attendance, and she is that warm smile that welcomes staff, students, and parents to our campus.
Mrs. DesRoches graduated King’s-Edgehill School in 2002 and has worked as a houseparent at KES for five years. She loves working with kids and also loves the family atmosphere and community feeling of KES. For Mrs. DesRoches, KES is a lifestyle.
Mrs. DesRoches is a mother to two girls and an infant son. When not on campus she, along with her husband, can be found taking their own children to hockey, basketball, and gymnastics, as well as participating in family dinners.
For Mrs. DesRoches, a highlight of being a houseparent is when students return after graduation to visit as well as the sense of caring and community within the dorms. One of her daughters’ has even learned Spanish as a result of visiting the dorms with her mom!
Miss Killacky is originally from England and is currently a house parent in upper Jodrey House. She spent four years as a student at King’s-Edgehill School before becoming a houseparent last year.
Her other roles at the school include ski coaching and helping with the debating teams, and she is also a student at Acadia University. She keeps coming back to KES because of the values of respect, the “Be More” motif, and the opportunity KES gives everyone to participate in activities that develop their individual character.
Miss Killacky prides herself in being a perpetual student! When she is not studying or fulfilling her duties as a houseparent, Miss Killacky can be found skiing.
Miss Killacky is enjoying her role as a house parent and finds joy in connecting with students and meeting people from many different countries. She is also enjoying the opportunity to be a mentor for students.
Mr. Lakes is from Wolfville, Nova Scotia and is a house parent in Upper Inglis. He also coaches senior boys’ basketball and soccer and is a student at Acadia University’s education program.
Mr. Lakes became a King’s-Edgehill School houseparent six months ago and was motivated to do so for the experience as well as the lifestyle. He attended KES for six years as a student (and was even Head Boy in his final year!) and the school and its community continue to be a big part of his life.
When he is not working as a houseparent, Mr. Lakes can be found at the gym or enjoying the great outdoors.
Mrs. Parker has two children who attended King’s–Edgehill School, and she has worked as a house parent in McLellan House (aka “Mac House”) for three years. That combined with the fact that her husband works at KES, are just a few of the reasons she proudly calls KES home.
When she is not at Mac House or with her dogs, Henry and Gordie, Mrs. Parker can be found running, walking, hiking in the community or organizing the staff running teams in the Cabot Trail Relay and Rum Runner races. She also works at Huestis Insurance Group. When she is not on campus you can find Mrs. Parker at her cottage in Falls Lake, Nova Scotia.
Mrs. Parker loves being a part of the KES campus family and takes pleasure in baking sweets for the students in her residence and hearing about their day. She also loves watching them play sports and participate in other campus activities.
Mrs. Pennington is originally from Vancouver but now calls Halifax home. She has worked as a house parent for four years and is currently with Middle Jodrey. She is also a Humanities teacher in our Senior School.
In addition to taking care of many of our boarding students, Mrs. Pennington is a mother to Ossi and lives on campus with her son, husband, and dog Bagel.
When she is not at her residence, Mrs. Pennington is working as the debate team coach or as a yoga instructor. She enjoys spending time hiking, at family suppers or at a local market or oceanside. Summer break is spent traveling the world.
Mrs. Pennington went to boarding school herself and appreciates the role of the house parent in making school a home away from home. She loves being a house parent at KES because of the way staff care for the students as well as the complete family dynamic between staff. For Mrs. Pennington, there is nothing quite like a knock on the door with a brood of girls wanting to debrief on their day about everything from courses to friendships.
Originally from Pickering, Ontario, Mr. Robinson is a new house parent in Vincent House. He teaches Language and Humanities at KES and coaches cross-country running and fitness programming.
In his short time at KES, Mr. Robinson has fallen in love with the school’s international vibes, community feel and the school’s sense of pride. He enjoys racing his students at the annual Terry Fox Run and looks forward to more friendly competitions.
Mr. Robinson spends his summers traveling and playing sports. On Sundays, he likes to take some time off to play lob ball, and can be seen on campus and on the streets and trails of Windsor running and keeping fit!
Lower Jodrey houseparent, Miss Sinclair, is originally from Stirling, Ontario. In addition to her role at King’s-Edgehill as a house parent, she also teaches IB Drama, Global Geography, and Art. Miss Sinclair coaches volleyball and basketball at KES, and she is very involved in the community. She brings faculty together by organizing staff volleyball nights and also recruits KES friends to play volleyball with Halifax Sport.
Miss Sinclair’s work as a house parent is motivated by her desire to establish a greater connection with students. She loves every member of the KES staff and faculty and believes there is no greater connection than the one at KES!
Miss Sinclair enjoys being involved with the musicals at KES as well as catching up with her dorm girls at the end of each day. She also looks forward to holiday flat decorations!
When she is not working at KES, Miss Sinclair can be found spending time with her cat or at a local coffee shop. During the summer she spends time traveling and visiting her parents in Ontario.
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