Adding a Global Perspective
To say that Nico Rumboll adds a global perspective to the middle school is an understatement. Born in Cordoba, Argentina, he attended an International Baccalaureate high school in India, received his undergraduate degree in environmental science from Edinburgh University, and fell in love with and married someone from Kentucky.
Before working at Country Day, Nico taught geography in Buenos Aires. “My mom was a kindergarten teacher at an independent school and my dad was an environmental education teacher and the head of the national parks service school. My sister, who is also a teacher, convinced me to be a teacher and the rest is history,” said Rumboll. “With both parents as educators, you can see yourself in that position and see what you can accomplish. I always thought teaching was an important job.”
Currently, Nico teaches social studies at the middle school, and helps teach French. He also coaches swimming and tennis. The 2020-21 school year marked his fourth year at Country Day and the first year his son, Rollo, attended school at the Early Childhood Center.
“I love that Rollo is being educated at Country Day,” said Rumboll. “I'm all in here. Sure, I would be more excited if this wasn't the year of Covid, but I'm hopeful we will get back to normal and do what we do best. At the same time, I'm excited because next year I'm teaching a new elective – global studies.”
In this newly-created course, sixth grade students will study global issues, such as resource consumption, global inequalities, development, literacy rates, life expectancies, and access to health care. They will work together to identify global and regional patterns and examine concepts such as globalization and trade.
And while Nico has taught in one of the best schools in Argentina, he said the culture and campus here at Country Day is so much healthier. “I love being part of the middle school team with people who take care of each other. I love my job, I love what I do, and I get to do my job in the middle of the woods with people who feel the same way. It feels like a family.”
Rollo, Nico and his wife, Allison, live in Madisonville, within walking distance of colleagues Andrea Rogers and Julia Joyce, who he said took him in like an adopted son.
“People who work here tend to be happy; you can tell they enjoy their jobs. That's the ideal recipe – if the kids are excited to be in your classroom then you're doing something right.”