Alongside his art endeavors, Mr. K was also an art teacher for 23 years before retiring in February 2022. This page was added by former students of Mr. K during the websites redesign in October 2022. This page is meant to show how Mr. K has made an impact on our lives.
"in 7th grade i had mr. k the 3rd quarter when he started to get very sick. we didn’t see him much in class but when we did he always put a smile on everyone’s face and made class so fun. he’s such and inspiration and pushed me to be the best with my creativity. throughout the rest of my life i’ll always remember him specifically as the best teacher i’ve ever had and an amazing artist"
"Mr. K is a genuinely great man, never failed to put a smile on my face. Always positive, kind, and an amazing role model. "
"Mr.K was overall the best art teacher i’ve ever had. i had him when i was in elementary school and when i was in the middle school. he always let kids express how they felt and would let them draw about it. mr.k is the most understanding heartfelt person. having him as a teacher taught me to just be myself. his classes were so relaxing. he will forever be my favorite."
"He was the greatest and most inspirational teacher I’ve had I loved his class so much and he taught me so much about art I miss having him as a teacher and hope he is doing well"
"Mr. K is one of the nicest human beings I have ever met, his heart is filled with pure joy and he brought that everyday to class and it made it so much more exciting and enjoyable to be in school"
"Mr. K was my first art teacher here at Kiski. He is always kind to everybody, and was supportive even when you struggled. He impacted me in a positive way, and I'm sure that Mr. K has impacted many other students as well."
"Mr. K was of the most positive and kind person that I would see in my day."
"I always enjoyed Mr. K’s class, he got me back into art after a few years of being away from it, and he helped me gain confidence in my work again. i will forever and always remember him and his impact on me. "
"Mr. K was a fantastic art teacher. His classes were very easy going and always helpful when you ask questions. Mr. K will be the art teacher I remember as his art classes were very enjoyable."
"Mr K had the best art class I’ve had or will ever had.He was great to work with with LLS he’s always been great and so kind to everyone"
"Hello Mr. K! I just wanted to let you know how much I miss your class and your teaching! Your class was one of my favorite classes, from kindergarten to 7th grade I loved doing art for you. I am still continuing to do art classes in high school because of the impact you had on me. I hope that your getting better, and I wanted to let you know you’re in my thoughts and prayers! "
"The day I met Mr. K I knew he was going to be my favorite teacher until I graduated. Mr. K is such an amazing person inside and out. He has shaped me into the person I am today. He was always there to help and listen when a student needed it. Mr. K is so kind and loving, he will always put you before himself and will always be there to guide you in the right direction. Every time I would stop by his classroom in the morning I would see his gleaming smile and it would put my day off to a great start. Mr.K will always have a important place in my heart, and I miss seeing him everyday at school! I have been blessed to meet a person this generous in my life. We need more people in this world to be like Mr. K."
"Mr.K was the nicest most genuine teacher I ever had and his class always made my day better."
"Mr. K was one of the kindest people I’ve ever met, let alone one of the kindest teachers I’ve ever had. He has such a big heart, and is such an accepting person. His room always felt like such a safe space. Mr K. helped me find my passion for art, and I still take art classes today. One of the best teachers out there, truly."
"You have been one of the best teachers. Every since I moved to kiski in 3rd grade I had you as a art teacher. You have shown me that not that there is good in the world but that there is really amazing people. I am so sad that you left in the middle of my 8th grade year. Honestly I didn’t get to say goodbye to anyone I have gotten really sick that day. But I did try my best for your class and I will always remember that you were an amazing art teacher. "
"He was my favorite teacher! He gave me a painting of sunflowers in like third grade, and I treasured it so much. I had him again in the middle school, but he was unfortunately not there much due to health issues. Regardless, I was grateful for the time I had with him in class!"
"I enjoyed the class, he was a really nice teacher too."
"Made Art Funny"
"It was great to talk sports with you Mr K. You were my favorite teachers and one of the only ones I could really talk to and have good conversations with. Thanks for helping me and others throughout your whole teaching career."
"Mr.K was always in a good mood when we walked in his class it didn’t matter how early it was he was always in a good mood, he always put others in a good mood."
"Mr K taught me a lot of the art skills that I know now and I don’t think he understands how much i enjoyed having him as my elementary and middle school art teacher. Mr K was always in a good mood and even always had a smile on his face no matter the struggle he was going through. It was so nice to have a teacher that connected with his students and could brighten their moods even on the hard days. Thank you so much Mr K"
"Mr. K was the best art teacher any kid could ever ask for. He always gave us fun assignments, and understood that not everyone is perfect. He is truly just such a great person."
"Mr. K had a huge impact on me. From Kindergarten to 4th grade, then from 7th to 8th grade, I had Mr. K. He is a family friend of my Aunt, former elementary school teacher, Ms. Maszgay. From when I was in kindergarten, to 4th grade, Mr.K helped me learn how to draw, but behind the drawing was a deeper meaning that affected me completely for the rest of my life. He taught me to always keep trying, and to never give up. I still draw to this day, and I’ve gotten a lot better from my kindergarten stick figures, I would say myself. When I transferred to my new school last year, I realized how much I missed Mr.K. He was always a bright light in the dark of my “sucky” school days. He always tries to make everyone smile, and is someone who is absolutely filled with compassion and companionship."
"Mr Ks class always made my day especially after my mom died from dn disease. love him"
"I just wanted to thank you for being such a kind teacher and more importantly a kind person. I am so appreciative that we spent so many years together, although I wish I could be in your class forever. Your kindness is unparalleled and it made me an overall better artist and person. Your calm demeanor makes for a stress free environment where people can feel at peace in their art. As you may know from the years I have been in your class I have a never been a great artist but I feel like I have made significant progress in my art skills. While I will never be the next Leanardo Divinchi excellence doesn't exist and I think I myself am at peace with my art skills. Overall I just wanted to thank you for being such a great art teacher enjoy your retirement.-sincerly a grateful student, Nicholas Debich"
"Mr.K’s class was the highlight of my years in middle school and he had inspired me to continue art even after his class ended. I still take art classes in high school because of him"
"I love how Mr.K doesn’t get mad at his students and how he came into the classroom every day with a positive attitude"
"Mr. K is one of the best teachers I've ever had. He is definitely a role model to many people, and definitely someone to look up to. I feel like I speak for the entire district when I say we are so lucky to have had him and everyone definitely took something away from his class. Thank you for all the opportunities you've given us."
"Mr. K is one of my favorite teachers. Not only that but the best artist I know! Being in his class was my favorite time of day! I remember one time drawling a terrible picture of a duck and he hung it up in his room all school year. I’m so glad I had him as my art teacher I’m always going to try my hardest to be just like him!"
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