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December 29, 2014 : Imagine Your Possibilities: Summit Academy Teacher Nick Ramsey
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager


Lancaster – When Nick Ramsey was a student at Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington, he knew he wanted to help low-income children who were having trouble in their lives.  After graduating from the Middle Childhood Education program at OUL, Ramsey wasted no time finding a job where he could do just that. Ramsey is now a teacher at Summit Academy in Columbus.
“I work at Hittle House, which is a facility for children that have been sexually abused,” said Ramsey. “Summit Academy has classrooms set up in the facility, and I teach the math and science courses for all the children.”
Summit Academy is a free, non-profit community school for alternative learners. Ramsey has been working at Hittle House for about a year.  The youngest child Ramsey works with is in third grade.  The oldest child he teaches is a sophomore in high school.
“Ultimately what I wanted to do when I decided to become a teacher was help kids in low-income areas and help kids who were having trouble in their lives, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity,” said Ramsey. “I do really enjoy it.  I like giving kids an opportunity to have a positive experience at school. I’m able to actually mold their learning and give them a good experience in school.”
When Ramsey was a student at OUL, he spent fall semester of his senior year student teaching in Perth, Australia. Ramsey was the first regional campus student at Ohio University to be selected to participate in the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching or COST.  Ramsey taught science classes in Australia. The program allowed Ramsey to fulfill professional internship requirements while living abroad and student teaching for an extended period. Ramsey taught Australian students in grades 8, 9, and 10.
Ramsey wrote a bi-weekly blog about his experience in Australia for the Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington website.  He hopes that students were inspired enough by his experience to try studying abroad.
“I hope we get more students out there because our (OUL) students have a lot to offer,” said Ramsey. “I think it would be so cool if we could get more students involved in study abroad.”
Ramsey said his experiences in Australia and his classroom experience at OUL are things he uses daily at Summit Academy.
“I constantly get reminded how much I learned at OUL,” said Ramsey. “They prepared us so well.  Everything I did in my junior and senior year in the education program, it directly translates to the real world.”