Latchmi Kisto is the school nurse of Maxey Elementary School. She said her duties were to “provide exceptional care to every student who needs me”. Carletta Davis-Wilson, principal of the school, said Kisto is passionate about caring for students at the school. “She takes care of their every concern and gives reassuring hugs to make the students feel safe,” Davis-Wilson said. “Ms. Kisto is a bundle of energy that brings joy to our school team.
What brought you to your school?
I came to Maxey Elementary because I really wanted to serve in a school in my community. I am very lucky to be part of this school and very happy to be here.
What do you like the most in your school?
I love the kids and the staff at Maxey. The administration and support staff are absolutely amazing, and I wouldn’t trade it. Teamwork makes work great.
What is your motivation ?
I am inspired by the work ethic of my colleagues and this motivates me to continuously improve while spreading positive energy.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Where do I start? There is so much to say, but I will be brief. Being able to do what I love to do while bringing smiles and encouragement to the children and staff at Maxey is quite rewarding for me.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love spending time with my family, taking trips, watching my favorite TV shows and playing games with my kids.
Who was your favorite teacher when you were in school? Why?
My favorite teacher at school was my fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Akilla. She was always happy but always strict. I liked being a student in her class because I felt learning was fun with her.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Why?
I wanted to be a nurse. I’ve always admired how nurses are so caring and I’m inspired by how they can make a difference. Becoming a nurse gave me the ability to provide care, and I hope I can make a difference too.
What is your favorite children’s book and why?
My favorite children’s book is “Winnie the Pooh!” I loved it, because of how easily it promotes friendship and reflection.
What are your hobbies?
Some of my favorite hobbies are fishing, cooking, gardening, traveling with my family, and experimenting with new methods of organizing my home.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
If I could have one super power, it would be a healing power, because there are so many diseases that I can’t cure but really wish I could.
If you could only listen to three bands or artists for the rest of your life, what would they be and why?
First it would be Bob Marley, (because) I love reggae music, and it always reminds me of being back on an island having a vacation. My second favorite is the Kes group. The band is an unusual combination of soca and reggae music that always puts me in a good mood. Finally, I love relaxing jazz music while cooking dinner with my family. I always feel like I’m dining in a fancy restaurant!
What was your favorite lunch as an elementary school student? Favorite snacks or special treats you remember?
One of my all-time favorite school snacks was boiled and fried channa with sour mango from the little food vendors outside my school. It was healthy, filling, super delicious and my mom approved.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
My absolute favorite holiday would be Christmas. Growing up in Guyana, Christmas was celebrated very differently. Most families couldn’t afford to buy presents for their children, so gifts weren’t very important back then. However, it still brought family and friends together, making it my favorite.
Who was your best friend when you were in school and why? Are you still in touch?
My best friend was Kamini. We have been friends since elementary school. She is very caring, generous and fun to be around. I remember she followed me home, and I followed her back, well she followed me back. And yes, we are still in touch.
What were your extracurricular activities as a student? Have you won any accolades or accolades?
We didn’t have a lot of extracurriculars growing up in a third world country, but we had after school classes, which was basically tutoring and completing homework.
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