While Drew Jameson has been teaching at Nashoba Brooks School for the past five years, many people do not know that he is also a very proud alum.
Did he dream of becoming a teacher during those early years at 200 Strawberry Hill Road?
“Nope! I wanted to be an astronaut when I was a kid!” he says reflecting back. “But part of that was because my science teacher Mr. Webster made me interested in science.”
Despite his early love of science, Drew went on to attend Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, where he studied creative writing, and Reed College, where he majored in English and wrote a creative thesis. After working in publishing for several years, Drew earned his master’s in education through the Teach Next Year program at UMass Boston.
At Nashoba Brooks, he puts his extensive writing background to use teaching Grades 4 and 5 reading and writers’ workshop classes. This year, he also served as a Grade 4 co-homeroom teacher.
In all of his endeavors, Drew embodies the School’s motto: Work hard. Play fair. Be kind. Reach out. Whether preparing for readers’ theater, inspiring students to learn to love to write, partnering with his co-teachers in homeroom, or taking in the many joys of weekly assemblies, Drew brings his all to everything he does. Last summer, he penned a middle-grade fantasy novel and used it as a series of examples to teach the writing and revision process to his students.
When walking the hallways of Nashoba Brooks, Drew recalls his first days as a student in Kindergarten. “I still remember walking in on my first day. Ms. Kindleberger showed me to a round table where I sat with Fred Flather, Chuck Lynch, and Justin Newberger and my other teacher, Mr. Martin, looked just like Zero the Hero!” he recalls.
Drew credits his early years at Nashoba Brooks with helping to discover the importance of finding balance in our daily lives. “Nashoba Brooks taught me that our feelings and emotions, our inner lives, are real and important. That helped me to form positive relationships, and to look for fulfillment in things beyond just comfort or money,” he states.
Drew is a man of many talents both in and out of the classroom. In addition to designing board games and role-playing games in his spare time, he creates detailed miniature houses, holds a key seat in the faculty band, and can bust a move with Amazing Alice in the NBS News halftime show.
We are so grateful that he shares all of his gifts with Nashoba Brooks!