Known as the “science guy” at RA, teacher Jerry Nash gets students excited about the world of science. During his 11 years teaching at the school, he has engaged students in his lab through zany experiments, fossils, volcanoes, and animal studies to name a few. His goal is to inspire his students with science and infuse some history and a bit of magic to make the subject fascinating.
Jerry’s work as an instructor illustrates the dynamic curricula that is a focus of RA. Students are excited and engaged as they develop their skills within the context of meaningful relationships with their teachers.
“It’s really my life’s work getting to see them grow year to year. ...There are kids that I taught who are now interning at NASA. Talk about planting seeds and watching the harvest come up. It’s amazing that I’ve been part of their lives at such a meaningful time period.”
Jerry took his lab on the road this summer, to Ridgefield Parks and Recreation where he taught the “Totally Awesome, Super Duper, Spectacular Science Camp.” He entertained young campers with a week of lessons in entomology, meteorology, astronomy, physics and more at the rec center.
Nash was interviewed by Stephen Coulter of the Ridgefield Press about his engaging science camp. Read the article here.
In addition to teaching summer camp for Ridgefield Parks and Rec, Jerry also taught a “Spotlight on Science” camp for approximately 60 children at RA. In addition to teaching, Jerry has spent the summer working on his STEM.org certification and discovering new ideas and experiments to bring back to the classroom in the fall.