Nina Mecagni

Third Grade Teaching Aide

Why do you work at Oak Grove?

I have been part of the Oak Grove School community for twenty years because supporting this entirely new approach to education is the most vital thing one can do for humanity and the world.

A quote that inspires your approach to your job.

“No durable things are built on violent passion. Nature grows her plants in silence and in darkness, and only when they have become strong do they put their heads above the ground.” —Dr. Annie Besant

Where is your special spot on campus?

In the moment of silence.

What outdoor experience has been most impactful for you?

Walking amongst the ruins of the Library of Celsus and Meryem Ana Evi (the House of the Virgin Mary) in the ancient Roman port city of Ephesus was the most impactful outdoor experience I’ve had so far.

The best live music performance/concert you ever attended is …

Author, poet and recording artist Kae Tempest at their first live performance in the US is the best show I have ever attended.

Which teacher in your life affected you greatly? How?

Motherhood has been my greatest teacher.

Name something that nobody knows about you.

I always wear pants on Zoom.

Share your most bizarre Oak Grove experience.

The day I showed up for a job interview for someone else named Nina.

Share a hilarious Oak Grove experience.

The horror of realizing that meat products have accidentally made their way into a school lunch.

What is your favorite oak Grove Expression?

Root the learning in the experience.