Newest St. Al teacher studied law in Cambridge, England

Published 12:46 pm Tuesday, December 2, 2014

SWITCHING GEARS: St. Aloysius teacher Maggie Nasif practiced law for seven years before switching careers.

SWITCHING GEARS: St. Aloysius teacher Maggie Nasif practiced law for seven years before switching careers.

Lawyer turned teacher Maggie Nasif is starting her teaching career at Saint Aloysius. 

Nasif teaches senior government, economics, geography and introduction to law.

Nasif, who is a native of Vicksburg, attended Colorado State University and later went to law school at Ole Miss. She practiced law at a firm in Jackson for seven years before deciding to change her career to teaching.

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“It’s fun being back here. I forgot what high school was like but it’s fun to be back in the middle of all these kids and energy,” Nasif, who attended both St. Al and St. Francis, said.

Nasif decided St. Al was a good career choice because she liked the idea of teaching in a Christian environment and was excited to learn the school had openings in the subjects she wanted to teach.

Mississippi and Colorado aren’t the only places Nasif has lived. She once lived in Cambridge, England, where she attended the University of Cambridge for two months while studying abroad in law school.

The well-traveled teacher backpacked through Europe for four weeks, a trip she called the “trip of a lifetime,” after the studying abroad program ended. Since then she has been back to Europe four times.

“I love to travel. Teaching geography has been fun because I get to go through every country in the world,” said Nasif, who went on to explain how her class is more than just physical geography. She uses the class to teach students about current nation and worldwide events. “I feel like I have the best of the subjects.”

Nasif likes that the school is small and loves that everyone at St. Al helps make a family.

Right now Nasif is working with Lee Brown, another teacher at the school, to help prepare a team of students for a mock trial. The team will go to competition in January in Jackson.

“Basically the students play the part of attorneys and witnesses,” Nasif said. “They’ll go in and compete like they are in a real courtroom against other schools.”