Kaitlyn Nigro ’16

Kaitlyn Nigro graduated from Suffield Academy in 2016 and joined the faculty in 2020. Kaitlyn is a summa cum laude graduate of George Washington University, where she earned degrees in history and Spanish. She pursued her love of music in Washington through the university’s jazz orchestra and at various D.C. area hot spots. Kaitlyn also worked as an intern at the Embassy of Ecuador in Washington. She spent her junior year abroad in Chile while working as an archivist documenting primary source materials for human rights museums such as Santiago’s Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos and Parque por la Paz Villa Grimaldi. She is proud to have trekked the country’s active Villarrica Volcano and traversed Patagonia and the Atacama Desert. She considers visiting Easter Island [natively named Rapa Nui] a highlight of her life.

Kaitlyn teaches U.S. History and Latin American History and is the dorm head in Barnes House. A lover of nature and mindfulness, Kaitlyn craves being outdoors, hiking, and practicing yoga.

Where were you born?
I was born in Stafford Springs, Connecticut and grew up here in Suffield.

What do you love about where you are from?
Suffield isn’t the most interesting place I’ve lived, but there is a lot of simple beauty to appreciate. From the iconic tobacco barns and fields around town to the beautiful colonial architecture on Main Street, Suffield is a real New England gem.

If someone was traveling to where you are from for 24 hours, what would you recommend?
I would definitely tell them to check out Enders’ Falls—it is a beautiful spot about 20 minutes from the center of town and features some lovely waterfalls and a place to swim for those that can brave the cold! Then I would suggest a walk on the Rail Trail and hiking up to the top of the Quarry to watch the sunset.

What is your favorite hobby?
This past year I have taken up climbing, skiing, biking, and golfing. I like to keep myself busy and outdoors! Also, I am a saxophonist at heart and relish the opportunities I have to play music with my friends.

What is your favorite book? 
As an avid reader, that is a tough question. At the moment, I’ve been working through The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series as they are incredibly entertaining. I also enjoy all of Erik Larsson’s books, especially Isaac’s Storm. He writes historical non-fiction in such a narrative and captivating way that sometimes I forget it is all true!