Nova J Hall » Teacher Bio

Teacher Bio

Personal Life:
I live with my husband, two kids (Hayden and Savannah), and a foxlike puppy called Suki. I love the theater. I am an actress and producer in the community theater scene. I hope to produce something special at NBFA this year! I belong to two book groups and I like to travel with my family. Anywhere warm is good!
 
Education/Experience:
I have a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice from Washburn University and a Law Degree from the University of Richmond Law. Prior to moving to education, I worked for Internal Affairs in the state police of New South Wales in Australia. After six years, I opened a children's bookstore and ran literacy programming through the shop until our family relocated to New York. In New York, I earned a Master's Degree in Education from Bankstreet Teacher's College, then began teaching in Manhattan. Finally, our family settled permanently in Connecticut and I taught at a school in Darien and then New Canaan, before coming to NBFA. I hope to be here for a very long time! 
 
Philosophy:
I am a life-long learner and am passionate about sharing the excitement of discovery. I love the progressive model of education, as it allows freedom to explore that discovery. The progressive model also encourages problem solving, self-advocacy, independence, inquiry, creativity, mindfulness, and deep thinking. We do a lot of important work in the classroom - both academically and as a community. Oh, sorry - I must go - my class is building a solar system without me!