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  • Lunch | 2nd Nature Academy

    SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM 2nd Nature Academy lunches are prepared on-site, fresh each day . Menus are posted monthly. Each lunch is served with milk and is carefully planned to provide a delicious, well-balanced meal option. Whenever possible, the menu features seasonally available fresh fruit and vegetables grown in our own pesticide-free gardens. MONTHLY MENUS MAY BE VIEWED & ORDERS PLACED ON THE FACTS FAMILY PORTAL

  • Mission & Philosophy | 2nd Nature Academy

    Mission: 2nd Nature Academy is a student-centered educational community that fosters inquiry , exploration , experience , and achievement . We develop well-rounded and independent critical thinkers who are able to create , communicate , collaborate , and conquer challenges , in order to contribute fully to society. Vision Statement: Authentic engagement and lifelong success Pedagogical Goals To provide a student-centered learning environment that focuses on the whole student To embrace eight intelligence strengths as indicated by Dr. Howard Gardner of Harvard University To provide the fundamentals of education using inquiry based learning and multi-sensory instruction To foster an attitude of cultural appreciation To support physical, social, emotional and cognitive well-being To promote values and life skills such as responsibility, punctuality, consideration, understanding, altruism, and compassion To encourage an appreciation of our natural environment To develop an enthusiasm for learning and acquiring new skills Philosophy At 2nd Nature Academy Elementary, Middle, & High School, we foster a rigorous and responsive learning environment where students thrive, not simply survive, in their formative academic years. We encourage students to explore, inquire, collaborate, create, analyze, and solve relevant problems. Our unique and original educational model combines elements of skills-based curricula, Project Based Learning, transdisciplinary studies, and whole child philosophy. We maintain a low student to teacher ratio to allow teachers the flexibility to implement strategies for differentiated, individualized instruction and build positive relationships with students. Teachers set expectations for high standards and academic achievement while also supporting social emotional health and wellness for all students. Project Based Learning allows students to engage in collaborative exploration and work on authentic projects to solve complex, real-world challenges. Transdisciplinary studies integrate the perspectives of multiple disciplines in the problem-solving process. Students learn through questioning, investigating, researching, reasoning, comparing, and reflecting. They demonstrate their skills and knowledge by creating genuine products and presentations for real audiences. Whole child educational philosophy ensures that students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged in school. ​ We encourage students to work collaboratively in both small and large groups, thus promoting a balance between a sense of self and belonging to the group. By working together, they develop important interpersonal and communication skills such as dialogue, negotiation, compromise, empathy, self-control, problem solving, and conflict resolution. Each student has the opportunity for their voice to be heard. These practices have resulted in a tight-knit school community, further strengthened by participation in student facilitated service learning projects as well as events and activities on campus.

  • Courtney Mehurg | Faculty

    < Back Courtney Mehurg Science (Middle/High School) ​ Courtney Mehurg grew up in North Carolina and spent her childhood years exploring the outdoors and local wildlife, participating in sports, and playing the saxophone in various bands throughout middle and high school. Her love of animals, and reptiles in particular, led her to earn degrees in zoology at North Carolina State University. During her time there, she continued to be heavily involved in musical performance, while discovering her love of education as a teaching assistant in undergraduate and graduate school. Graduate courses took her to some unique locations around the world; including Namibia, South Africa, Australia (Heron Island along the Great Barrier Reef), the Galapagos Islands, and Puerto Rico. Upon finishing her degrees, she decided to take on her first teaching position as a middle school science teacher at Addlestone Hebrew Academy in Charleston, SC. From there she would go onto to teach for a total of 7 years in both private and public schools in South Carolina and Massachusetts. She then moved back to North Carolina, along the Southern Outer Banks, and took on the full-time position of mother to her young daughter and son, now eight and five. She also spent much of these years actively involved in the NC Sierra Club as secretary of the newly formed Croatan Group. She now lives in Bedford, NH, where she enjoys spending time with her family, getting outdoors at every chance, hiking, skiing, foraging, and engaging in environmental and political activism. Education Master of Science in Zoology with a Minor in Physiology from North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC) Bachelor of Science in Zoology from North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC) Work Experience 2022-Present: Science teacher at 2nd Nature Academy 2010-2012: Middle school science teacher at Annie Sullivan Middle School (Franklin, MA) 2009-2010: Middle school science teacher at Remington Middle School (Franklin, MA) 2007-2009: 5th-8th grade science teacher at Ashley Hall (Charleston, SC) 2005-2007: 5th-8th grade science teacher at Addlestone Hebrew Academy (Charleston, SC) Graduate School: Teaching assistant for laboratory courses in Ecology, Herpetology, and Introduction to Zoology Undergraduate School: Teaching assistant for a laboratory course in Computer Science

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