Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. from the University of California at Bakersfield J.D. from the University of San Francisco, School of Law at Kendrick Hall. Also took summer law courses at Charles University in Prague Teaching License-- University of Shenandoah
Dr. Nina Valli
My name is Nina Valli. After a decade long legal career, I stepped out of the courtroom and into the classroom. I began my teaching career in 2012 at Blue Ridge Middle School. Soon thereafter, I found myself at Broad Run High School. I am thrilled to currently be on faculty at John Champe High School, a school in my backyard so-to-speak. I have taught various courses in the Social Studies department. For the 2020-21 academic year, I am teaching World History, AP Seminar and AP Research.
Prior to beginning my teaching career, I worked as a lawyer. I practiced, primarily, in family law. I also taught various paralegal classes for Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). From the time I was in law school, I felt that I was destined to become a teacher because with each new exposure I had in the teaching profession, I fell more and more in love with it. My experiences included being hired by my law school to tutor first year law students in analytical writing and working in various San Francisco high schools, where I taught Street Law. In addition to a lifetime of experiences (my legal background and practice, and my prior teaching experience (for Loudoun County Public Schools, NOVA, and my law school)) raising my girls has been the best preparation for my teaching career. My teaching philosophy includes treating my students as I treat my own girls. I set high, yet reasonable, expectations while maintaining a comfortable atmosphere where every student knows that I am concerned for his or her well-being and learning.
In addition to teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling. In fact, over the past two summers I have taken students on two EF Tours. In the summer of 2018 I took my girls and my students to Spain, and this past summer we went to five major European cities (Berlin, Prague, Krakow, Vienna, and Budapest), visiting numerous historic locations including Auschwitz in Poland. What a profound impact that had! This coming summer (2020) I plan to take a group to Scotland, Ireland and England, and in 2021 I plan to take a group to Italy and Greece. Having lived a summer in Prague, attending Charles University, I recognize the impact that traveling had on my global perspective, and am excited to now share this with my family and my students.
My family and I live in South Riding. My husband is a retired U.S. Marine who currently works for Harris Corporation. My eldest daughter, Gillian, is 21 years old and is entering her senior year at the University of Notre Dame (go Irish!). She is a member of the Reserved Officer Training Corp (ROTC) at Notre Dame. Gillian graduated from Freedom High School in 2017. My middle daughter, Anabelle (‘Annie’) is a freshman at the University of Alabama (go Bama!). She graduated from St. Paul VI Catholic High School in 2020. Finally, Amelia (‘Mia’) is my youngest daughter. Mia is sophomore at St. Paul VI where she plays field hockey and softball. She also plays for 16U Revolution-Hardman. If you're ever at the same tournament, come find me! Our family is not complete without our furry friends. Mittens, our cat, was born in our house, under the office desk, in 2010. Ladybird, a pitbull mix, joined our family on January 14, 2020. She has my heart! Sweetest dog ever!
Now let's take care of a little classroom business:
- Everything you need will be our Schoology class, including links to our class meetings, my office hours, content lessons and assignments.
- You will turn all assignments in to Schoology
- A copy of the syllabus is linked in Schoology. Students please read and abide by the expectations that I have listed there.
- If it is classtime and Schoology is down (for some reason), here are direct links to our google meet classes and my office hours. Copy and paste link in your browser.
- If you have questions, email me.
WORLD HISTORY: Mondays, 10:00- 11:00
AP SEMINAR: Mondays, Noon - 1:00pm
AP RESEARCH: Mondays, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Back to School Night Presentations: