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Kristine Palmero Sydney '97

Kristine Palmero Sydney ’97 (she/her), a Filipino who grew up in Saudi Arabia, earned a B.A. in  English and Film and then her M.A. in English from Middlebury College. She received the yearbook superlative “Most Likely to Return to Kent as a Teacher,” which she thinks wonderfully prescient: She began her career at Cushing Academy where the head of school was Mr. Lampe, who had interviewed her for Kent when he was director of admissions, and one of her English colleagues had been her fifth form intramural tennis coach. For twelve years at the Wheeler School, she shared an office with two former Kent faculty children. Since 2017, she has been teaching upper school English at Milton Academy. Her sister Lisa ‘99 and and brother-in-law John McGrath ‘98 are also alumni, and she still counts people from Kent as many of her dearest friends.
 
As a student, Kristine was Editor-in-Chief of the Kent News, Senior Council member (Library Proctor), Concert Band President, Jazz Band pianist, a member of the Guild for her paper “Brain Drain: The Exodus of Skilled Filipinos from the Philippines” and Cum Laude Society, and a peer counselor. Kristine is a Class Agent and a member of the Alumni of Color Committee.