Three esteemed faculty members were honored during KO's Prize Assembly on May 23 -- a highlight of the Class of '17 Senior Week.
Kathleen DiSanto, who came to KO in 2015, received the Robert B. Swain III Memorial Award. DiSanto graduated from Washington University with a BS in mechanical engineering and from Harvard with an MS in solid mechanics. She is an Upper School Science teacher and Robotics coach.
The Swain prize honors that continuing teacher in his or her first five years of teaching at Kingswood Oxford, and his or her first ten years of teaching overall, who best exemplifies Bobby Swain’s outstanding attributes as a student and teacher: a serious, self–disciplined approach to learning and a sense of humor—a combination that enabled him to inspire in others a spirit of cooperation which made scholarly disciplines a pursuit both joyous and rewarding.
Rob Kyff, a long time faculty member (40 years!) who taught Upper School History and ran the school newspaper, the KO News, received the Charles W. Collins Award for Excellence in Teaching. Employed at KO since 1977, Kyff earned a MA from the University of Minnesota and and a BA from Amherst College.
The Collins family -- Kim ’75, Wylie ’79, Tris ’81, Jed ’88, and their parents, Nancy and Allen -- established the award, which is named for Allen's father. Charles Collins spent 50 years as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Everett, MA, public school system.
Tricia Watson, an Upper School History teacher, coach of the Varsity boys' and girls' cross country and track and field teams, as well as the Middle School track and field team, received the Joseph and Jo-anne Alissi Coaching Award. Watson graduated from Fordham University with a BS in Psychology and a masters in education from Santa Clara University. She has worked at KO since 2012. This award honors that returning coach who best exemplifies Joseph and Jo-anne Alissi’s outstanding contributions to Kingswood Oxford, especially their sportsmanship, professionalism, enthusiasm, dedication, and the positive impact they had on every athlete and student they encountered.