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Faculty Profile: Nathan Cox '14 - Director of Middle School Learning Support

Nathan Cox '14 is our Director of Middle School Learning Support. He holds a B.A. in English from Toccoa Fall College.  Mr. Cox has also taught and coached internationally in the Bahamas and India. In addition to his academic work, he coaches Middle School boys basketball in the winter. In his free time, he enjoys creative writing, golfing, and playing basketball.

What made you choose to work at Rabun Gap?
Well, some could say that I didn't have much choice in the matter. My parents have worked at the school since I started as a student in sixth grade. As a senior, I remember feeling relieved when someone else got the superlative, "Most Likely to Work at Rabun Gap." While I needed some time of separation in college and a few years after, the perfect opportunity arose for my wife and I to work here. It really has been a dream of mine to return and help the school that helped me. I believe in the mission of the school, and I am more appreciative of the beauty that surrounds us. Most of all, I love the people that make Rabun Gap what it is. To me, it is a reflection of heaven--all of God's people, from nearly every nation and tongue, gathered and unified. 
 
What did you do before coming to Rabun Gap?
I taught and coached at a private school in Atlanta. The school was designed to meet the needs of students with specific language learning differences like dyslexia and dysgraphia. 

What makes Rabun Gap special to you? 
I did refer to the dictionary for a good definition of special: "better, greater, or different from what is usual." While every school has one thing or another to tout as better, Rabun Gap is more different than usual. This school upon a hill that many have driven by and taken notice of, yet may know nothing of, has changed generations of people, from local farm families to students from around the globe. It has changed me for the better and has shaped my worldview. It is special because it is so wonderfully different from the rest of the world. 

What do you like most about working with our students?
Our students are positive, respectful, and resilient, our motto at the middle school. They also remind me of who I was when I was their age, and the fact that I had teachers, coaches, and administrators always pouring into me despite my not-always-pleasant tendencies. 

Why did you decide to become a teacher? 
I decided to become a teacher because I love having a positive influence on kids, especially for those who may struggle with school and need more patience and understanding. I know that I can provide those things, and I know what a difference that can make. 

What is your teaching philosophy?  
I have a more long-winded teaching philosophy, but I will put it simply: every child needs a model for how to be what we want them to be. If we want them to be global citizens who care for others and make the world a better place, teaching should be striving without ceasing--making students feel as though they can make a difference in the world and giving them the tools to do so. 

As an alum, what is it like working at the same school that you attended?
 
The weirdness has mostly subsided. However, I live on the same street I did as a kid, and my apartment layout is oddly familiar. Ultimately, I just want to play my part and make the school better than I found it. 

What is your favorite memory from the time you have worked here so far?
I really enjoyed having the basketball guys run the front hill on the first day of pre-season. I felt like my dad must have felt at the top of that dreaded hill he made my teammates and me run years ago. 

What has been the best part of watching the school grow from your time as a student to now?
It has been really great to see the athletics program become what it is. I was a part of the building blocks, and it's amazing to see two state championship teams in the same year. When I was in 6th grade, that was a pipe dream. We have gotten exponentially better, and I expect it to continue in the years to come. 

What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone? 
My wife is not on my resume because that would be weird, but marrying her is my greatest accomplishment. She also makes me more interesting. 
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Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School is a private, coeducational day and boarding school for grades Pre-K through 12. Centrally located between Atlanta, GA, Greenville, SC, and Asheville, NC, we prepare young people for college, career, and a lifetime of leadership and service.