Jillian Nicks, St. Mark’s Director of Experiential Learning and French Teacher, hails from the Pacific Northwest where her career in education began with coaching varsity sports. While pursuing her Masters of Arts in French Studies, she was a National Strength and Conditioning certified personal trainer. In college, Jillian played Division One soccer and studied abroad in Lyon, France, during which time she played for the Olympique Lyonnais Women’s Soccer Team and made lasting friendships. Jillian believes that individuals learn from direct experience with real issues and engaging actively in and holding authentic responsibility for their impacts. Jillian also earned a Masters of Education from Vanderbilt Peabody College, where she dedicated her capstone projects to understanding and promoting experiential learning. Around campus you can find Jillian and her partner, Katie, filling every spare moment in motion. They both enjoy running, lifting, backpacking, climbing, skiing, and caring for plants.