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Linda Nuzum

Faculty Information
Location(s) Lower School
Title(s) Lower School Kindergarten Assistant
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School Email
Degree(s) B.S., Duke University
MAST, University of New Orleans
Orton-Gillingham Basic Training
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Linda Nuzum is a kindergarten assistant at the Lower School and began working at Carolina Day School in 2006. Linda has taught science in secondary schools in Georgia, Michigan, and Louisiana for a total of 25 years before beginning work at CDS. She is certified in gifted education, general science, earth science, biology, and Chemistry. Linda has a B.S. degree from Duke University in Psychology and a M.A.S.T. degree from the University of New Orleans in Chemistry and Geology. 

Get to know Linda Nuzum:
In what ways can you teach/engage children at CDS that you couldn't at other schools? “I am able to get to know the students and their families much better.  The close community spirit at CDS and the parental presence give teachers a greater understanding of their students.  I was well prepared for each student and his/her exceptionalities before the school year started.  This preparation and connection with families made it easier to teach and engage my students and address their specific needs.”
What do you like most about your job at CDS? “I love to teach students who are so eager to learn in an environment so conducive to learning.  I also appreciate my supportive colleagues.”
In your opinion, how does the CDS community inspire students to be courageous and curious, wonder about things that they don’t understand, try new things, and develop individual passions? “At CDS, students are urged to try, fail, try again, and succeed or adapt their expectations.  We celebrate questions and mistakes and see them as opportunities for growth and learning. As a student said to me last year, “a mistake is a chance to learn.”
How would you describe your classroom? “My classroom is a colorful, calm, organized space where students could feel free to question, contribute, share, and observe the world around them.  It also celebrates their work as they helped create the bulletin boards and showcase their work and ideas.”
What books and authors inspire you? The Power of our Words inspired me as I used the responsive classroom techniques. I referred to it as I considered alternative ways of dealing with certain situations as they came up.”
What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning? “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled”- Plutarch
How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less? “I love the enthusiasm and curiosity of my students.”
Which classroom projects/events are you known for? “I loved our simple machine day in which students used their knowledge of simple machines to jointly build a complex machine.  The planning, trial and error, and cooperation involved were wonderful to watch.  I particularly enjoyed the “ah-ha” moments when a new idea worked for them.  They showed great pride as they demonstrated their machines to the class and explained what simple machines were used.”
What personal passion brings balance to your life? “My grandsons, hiking, gardening, reading, and friends fill the rest of my life.  When I can, I travel European and Caribbean countries.”
Is there anything else we should know about you and your work? “I am a teacher who loves all the sciences, and I am energized when I see students become interested in and excited about any aspect of the sciences.”
How is CDS different from what you experienced as a child in school? “Using Orton-Gillingham to teach spelling and reading is the biggest difference I see from my childhood experience.  I often wonder how I ever learned to spell and read!”
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