BCS Advantage Magazine Spring 2016 - Page 10

Nesbitt Discovery Academy Why I love my education By: Michael Byrd, Sophomore Student at Nesbitt Discovery Academy I magine that, as a student, you wake up every morning and are thoroughly excited about going to school. You know that each day will bring something fresh and exciting to even the subjects that you once thought were mundane. You will be constantly challenged by your teachers, whether it be a new way to think about a typical problem, or having to design a lesson plan to teach the younger students once you have finished your classwork. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it isn’t! This is the everyday experience at the Nesbitt Discovery Academy (NDA), the first STEM Academy in Western North Carolina. From the glass walls of each classroom, to the shipping container “Think Tanks” overhanging the advisory center, NDA is unique. The open floor plan fosters a spirit of collaboration between subjects and promotes movement. However, the architecture is not the only aspect that makes the school so unique. The students and staff that call the school home are truly what make NDA a great place to be. Dedicated, hardworking, and curious students paired with energetic, knowledgeable, and caring teachers create a learning experience like no other. The students of NDA have an infectious desire to learn and this can be seen in every question-filled classroom. Our teachers have an evident desire to challenge their students, using phrases like “Let’s figure it out” and “Why” to motivate us to think on deeper levels. At the Nesbitt Discovery Academy in Asheville, North Carolina, I have truly found a place where I love my education. Martin L. Nesbitt, Jr. Discovery Academy is a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) high school with a focus on career and college readiness. The academy provides a challenging curriculum focused on preparing students for real world problem- solving, developing talent in STEM fields, and leading to industry credentialing and post-secondary credit acquisition. 9