Alumni Spotlight:
Kayla Desroches

January 10, 2020

Kayla Desroches joined the MMFS community as a 1st grader and attended through 5th grade, before we expanded to serve middle and high school students. Upper School Assistant Director Amy Levine taught Kayla when she was a student at Bergen Street, and remembers her as a deep thinker and a gifted poet and writer. Kayla uses these skills every day in her current work as a reporter.

Kayla started writing for magazines and newspapers when she was a student at York Preparatory School, and continued as a student at Barnard College (from which she graduated in 2014). She joined the college radio station and ran an Old Time Radio show out of the basement of her dorm. “I’d take an elevator down there at night and just hang out playing The Shadow and Suspense. I loved it.” Today Kayla works for a public radio station in Montana, covering energy, the environment, science, and culture. You can check out some of her work here.

When Kayla is not reporting, she enjoys traveling around Montana. She speaks highly of her MMFS experience, noting that the support of the faculty helped her grow into a more confident, independent learner. Her advice to MMFS students, especially the class of 2020, is “Spend as much time as you can doing the things that interest you, even if you don’t think you’re so good at them. Take lots of classes, read lots of books, and try new things.”

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