Nancy Payne-Hambrose is a dynamic educator and writer. With twenty-nine years’ experience in the classroom, general field of education, and professional writing circles, Nancy brings a wealth of seasoned insights about how people learn, an engaging and genuine delivery style to the classroom, a set of honed skills to professional writing instruction, and a sincere passion to personal essay writing and poetry.
Nancy, originally from Audubon, New Jersey, earned her B.A. in English/Secondary Education from Immaculata College in 1992. Her senior thesis focused on the 'India novels and short stories' of British author Rumer Godden. She completed her student teaching at St. Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairment as well as St. Maria Goretti High School for Girls, both in Philadelphia. Nancy returned to school, secured her Elementary Education certification and then her MEQ in Teaching Pedagogy and Instruction through the CCIU under the direction of nationally-recognized motivational speaker, teacher, and educational consultant, Thom Stecher. Soon after, she secured her ESL Program Specialist certification. Nancy has also taught at the collegiate level as well as primary school, specifically nursery and pre-primer levels. She is currently seeking acceptance into Temple University’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching, specifically earning the Teaching in Higher Education Certificate for seasoned, professional educators.
A multi-year (1994-2012) Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers Award recipient, Global Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals 2007 Award recipient, and a twice-nominated National Citadel Heart of Learning Award (2005, 2006) candidate for her tireless dedication to students, Nancy was also selected as a 1994 summer seminar grant recipient by the National Endowment for the Humanities to study at the University of Pennsylvania. Often, NEH bestows summer seminar grants to well-practiced, veteran educators. After studying video and reviewing other documentation of Nancy's teaching abilities, NEH selected Nancy in only her second year of teaching: "This could not be a novice teacher; I had to return to her certifications and budding resume...indeed, Ms. Payne is quite young and already so gifted and polished in the art of teaching... a natural, she isorganized, poised, enthusiastic, intuitive, engaging, and maturebeyond her years...Nancy is already a phenomenal teacher...especially with those who find English difficult..." While at the University of Pennsylvania, Nancy studied the Arabic Novel in Translation, researching the works of Egyptian writer Yusuf Idris under the direction of Dr. Roger Allen, professor emeritus of Arabic Studies. This experience opened professional and personal doors into various cultures, languages, and the world of English as a Second Language instruction.
In 2005, Nancy was selected as one of twenty educators for the first-ever WCASD Language/Cultural Exchange intensive in Guatemala. While immersed in the culture, Nancy completed 40-hours of rigorous Spanish language coursework through Christian Spanish Academy in Antigua. Other offers to teach abroad followed, most recently from TCNJ to instruct ESL teachers in Vietnam.
Working with immigrant and migrant families has been a long-time professional and personal passion for Nancy, specifically with the Latino populations of the mushroom farming community in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania; ELS Language Centers' international collegiate community housed at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey; and with hundreds of Hispanic children and their families of the Diocese of Camden- Partnership Schools in Camden, New Jersey through her work for the Camden County Educational Services Commission.
In addition to teaching Pre-K through 12th grades, Nancy has secured adjunct English and ESL department teaching positions at Camden County College and Rowan College of Burlington County. She has also been an ESL advisor for international college students, an adult literacy volunteer, high school English and journalism teacher, mentor for many young teaching professionals, director of education of the Broomall, PA Sylvan Learning Center, and a supportive voice - inside and outside the courtroom - for women and children in the throes of domestic violence and abuse.
Nancy’s professional writing experiences include published social media writing pieces for Accredited Investigations, Inc.; published school district grant proposals; various corporate proofreading opportunities; private client resume writing and research paper editing; general private tutoring; in-service presentations for educators; and legal brief editing and legal letter drafting for attorneys, private investigators, and their clients.
Nancy’s preferred writing genre is the personal essay. Over the years, Nancy has written a handful of pieces which authentically reflect slices of her life’s experiences. Her honest voice, coupled with resiliency, is her gift: it provides the reader with a graciously transparent glimpse into her life, allowing readers to identify with the human dimension to her pieces. In addition to writing, Nancy plays the baritone ukulele and the piano. She resides in Haddon Heights, New Jersey with her husband Christopher and their daughter Miriam.