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Nancy Hardison

Nancy Hardison, who strives to inspire students and build a lifelong love of mathematics, was hired in 2013 to teach middle school math and Algebra I. She also coaches the school MathCounts team and loves broadening students' visions of the future with technologies like photo editing, movie making, robotics, programming, and three-dimensional computer-aided design.

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).

Nancy loves to play games, hike, swim, and go camping with her family. Her mom is her shopping and knitting buddy. Nancy loves to travel, try new restaurants, build, and garden with her husband. Her personal goals include finding more time to: read, sew, make art, and play piano, but teaching and shoe shopping consume most of her waking hours.  

Recently, Mrs. Hardison was one of 75 teachers in the world to be awarded a fellowship to attend the 2018 Klingenstein Summer Institute. She will spend two weeks this summer "exploring teaching styles, educational philosophies, and educational issues" with top Columbia University professors and master teachers. Nancy is "honored and thrilled to have this opportunity to bring cutting edge pedagogy, knowledge, rigor, and inspiration back to the teachers and students of James River Day School." Please congratulate her on being accepted to this exceptional program.