Faculty Profile: Alice Jump, Upper School Mathematics Teacher

Alice Jump is one of our Upper School math teachers. Ms. Jump has been teaching for over 35 years and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She has been at Rabun Gap since 2006. In addition to math, she is certified to teach science, health, and physical education. When she's not teaching, Ms. Jump enjoys being outdoors and on the water.

How long have you been working at Rabun Gap?
I have worked at  Rabun Gap for 16 years.

What made you choose to work at Rabun Gap?
I came to work at Rabun Gap because we wanted to return to the south so our children could be closer to relatives. The area is beautiful and I like living in a rural setting. 

What did you do before coming to Rabun Gap?
Before Rabun Gap, I taught for twenty years in Maine and two years in Tennessee.
What makes Rabun Gap special to you?
Rabun Gap is special because of the diverse backgrounds of our students. Being able to work with students from different parts of the world and different areas of the country, all with their own story, is what I like best about teaching at Rabun Gap. I also like the opportunity to work with the talented, creative, and dedicated teachers that are at Rabun Gap.

Why did you decide to become a teacher?
I wanted to be a teacher since I was six or seven years old. I would make my younger siblings "go to school" with me as the teacher. As a young teenager, I started teaching swimming lessons, then lifesaving classes, then"real school".

What is your favorite memory from the time you have worked here so far?
I don't think I have one favorite memory, but seeing how former students "end up" or "turn out" after their time at Rabun Gap brings back memories of what they were like when they were here. It's really fun when they end up back at Rabun Gap and teach with you.

What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?
Some people know, but I have run at least a mile every day for the last 2300+ days. 
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.