Experienced French teacher Nancy Nish is the newest language arts teacher at Ketchikan High School.
Nish taught in Las Vegas, North Dakota, Bethel, and the Bering Sea before coming to Kayhi to continue her love of teaching foreign language.
“I just love the language,” said Nish. “So I just got addicted to it, there’s something about studying the french language and culture and learning about France itself that’s addicting.”
Nish has been to France four times including a backpacking trip around Europe just out of college. She wants to use these experiences and love of the language to help other kids have similar experiences.
“I just love speaking it and love to share the fun of the language,” she said. “Teaching just opens so much and the fact that I’ve been to Europe and that I’ve seen some other places in the world I want other kids to have that experience too.”
Nish said that Ketchikan is different from many of the places she has been to or lived in.
“It’s given me a keen appreciation of what Alaska has to offer coming from the midwest,” she said. “Coming here is just a real treat, this town is gorgeous, obviously.”
Principal Jason House is excited for Mrs. Nish and her great energy to work at Kayhi.
“She’s got great energy and positive attitude and a great french accent when she talks in french,” House said. “She has a passion for the work that she does, and will bring it to the kids to get them excited about it.”
Nish is ready to begin a new chapter teaching in Ketchikan.
“I’m excited to be here and it is a privilege to be working with these students.”