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Ron  Nance
English Teacher & Climbing Team Coach
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Baccalaureate in Secondary Education: English from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga



Teaching is my third career, and I was offered a job at CSAS by then principal, Wilhelmina Moore, during my student teaching placement in 2002. I have taught English in grades 9-12, Social Studies in grade 8, and Theater and Creative Writing to grades 9-12. I have taught Socratic Seminar with grades 8, 9, 10, and 12. 


I would like to extend a huge welcome back to my extended family—the students, parents, staff, and athletes of CSAS that are such an important part of my life. Towards the end of each summer, I always find myself anxiously awaiting the new school year. Teaching and coaching are simply parts of who I am, so every school year is a fulfilling, challenging, and transforming experience that enriches my life.

Yours in the educating and raising of our children,

Ron Nance



About Ron Nance


Education: Bachelor's in Secondary Education: English from UTC

Why are you at CSAS? I strongly believe in the power of "unity in diversity." CSAS is one of the few schools where one can teach a student body that is ethnically and socioeconomically diverse. I also believe the Paideia model to be the best practice for educating both the cognitive and affective domains.

Family: two children, Jesseca (20) and Colby (17); a black German Shepherd named Lakota and a black and white Springer Spaniel named Gracie

Hobbies: Rock climbing (primarily bouldering and sport), playing music, writing, running, soccer, mountain biking, backpacking, reading, fishing, carving

Favorite book: The Hidden Words of Baha'i. This book is composed of spiritual aphorisms that contain the essence of the teachings of Baha'i (translated as "Glory of God"), the founder of the Baha'i faith.

Favorite sport: rock climbing

Favorite sports team: the national soccer teams of Argentina and Brazil

Favorite quote: "O SON OF BEING! Love Me that I may love thee. If thou lovest Me not, My love can in no wise reach thee. Know this, O servant." This quote reminds me to open my heart to God so that His love will not be barred from reaching me and transforming my soul.

Favorite subject when you were a student: Science