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Nancy Hardison

Nancy Hardison has inspired students to build a lifelong love of mathematics since 2013. In addition to teaching middle school math and Algebra, she coaches the school MathCounts team and loves broadening students' visions of the future with technologies like photo editing, movie making, robotics, programming, design thinking, 3-D modeling, and 3-D printing.
Her love of math first took root at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, where she also met the love of her life, Jeremy Hardison. She graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1996, with a BS in biology with honors, a minor in chemistry, and an emphasis in art. After creating bio-luminescent, transgenic zebrafish at Duke University, and starting and running her own business, Nancy and her family moved to Lynchburg to raise their two sons, Patrick (Class of 2017) and Tad (Class of 2019).
Mrs. Hardison continuously models an enduring love of learning and a growth mindset for her students. In 2018, she attended Columbia University's prestigious Klingenstein Summer Institute. Presently, Nancy is attending Duke University Fuqua School of Business and will be receiving her Masters in Business Administration in December of 2020. Although her passions lie in the classroom - challenging students to be open-minded, critical thinkers, and creative problem-solvers - she would love to use her degree to make James River Day School a model of sustainability in independent school education. Personally, and in-line with the school's strategic planning goals and character-driven mission, Nancy wants to ensure this unparalleled education is attainable to a more diverse student body to ensure a more equitable and inclusive tomorrow. Recently, Nancy was selected as one of Lynchburg's top teachers in 2020 by Lynchburg Living Magazine.