The end of another Academic Year is very close, but this year it has a special meaning for everyone. After 2 years in the Covid pandemic, with its lockdowns, restrictions and virtual classes, the 2021-22 was the first academic year that resembled to a normal school experience. As the Class of 2022 is getting ready to bid farewell to the school, the Academy Principal is preparing to offer his own reflection. David Nelson has been the Principal of the Academy since 2019, but has been an educator at ACS Athens for 22 years.

Today with Mr. Nelson we discuss:

  • Academy Prom 2022 - Seeing students with their masks off for the first time in 2 years
  • Creating engagement by Creating experiences for students
  • Creating a community by connecting students to their own community
  • More important than grades: finding a way to make a difference
  • The need for teachers to constantly reinvent themselves and innovate within
  • The case of the Combo Class as team taught course
  • When the learning lingers
  • What is The Truman Trial
  • Collaborative Learning Communities and Professional Development


  • The final advice of the Principal to the Class of 2022

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