Nadia R. '23
Published August, 2016
“I’m definitely a math and science girl,” says Nadia ’23 who’s about to embark on her middle school years at Woodlawn. “I can still remember MJ (Mr. Jones) telling us on the first day of 5th grade that we were going to go deeper into math to make sure we really understood it and that we’d not be simply memorizing a bunch of rules and formulas. I was totally hooked from that point on! He was a big part of my interest in math.” Nadia says that although she will miss her lower school teachers, she’s excited to meet new teachers and make new friends. “Probably my favorite thing about Woodlawn is the teachers. Not only are they nice and kind, but they are teaching us — I mean really teaching us stuff not just telling us stuff.” Nadia explains that the classroom environment allows you to be yourself, even though there are rules. “It almost feels like you’re free,” she says. “We all have such different interests and personalities and the teachers allow you to sort of write your own path and they help you along the way. The atmosphere here is definitely different from other places.” Aside from attending classes and socializing with friends, you’ll likely see Nadia running around our campus trails. She’s a second year cross country runner on the middle school team. “I tried a few different sports that didn’t really excite me and then I decided to try cross country!” It worked out pretty well for her. Last year she and the girls team captured runner-up in the conference championship meet. Being a Trailblazer since Kindergarten (she joined the first year Woodlawn opened a Kindergarten class), Nadia points out that she could very well be the very first Woodlawn student who has gone all the way from K -12th grade. “I think that would be really cool,” she says. “I’m always surprised when I hear other kids says things like, “I don’t want to go to school today." I would so rather go to school. Even on days when I think I don’t want to go, I end up having the best day ever!”
Nadia is currently an eighth grader at Woodlawn.