The average class size at Nora is eight students and no class is larger than twelve. They are taught by a former scientific computer programmer, a former architect, a working musician, and two former Peace Corps volunteers — to name a few. What better way to inspire students to think for themselves and create their own paths in life?
We look for teachers who are enthusiastic about learning, experts in their subject areas, and dedicated to young people. All of our faculty members have degrees in their primary teaching area, and more than 80 percent hold advanced degrees. Our staff also includes administrators who teach, a college counselor, a learning disabilities specialist, an athletic director, a psychological consultant, and tutors.
Students and teachers know and respect one another on a first-name basis. Learning is very much a give-and-take experience; teachers want to hear students’ opinions and ideas. In the process, everyone learns.
Most of all, our teachers are role models for the idea that learning can take place anywhere and everywhere. “Our students learn confidence through achievement,” a teacher says. “By succeeding at small tasks, they learn to succeed at big ones, like life.”