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Hilary Hodge: Keep up the good work, Bitney College Prep

I was invited by my friend, an English teacher at Bitney College Prep High School, to teach an intersession class on entrepreneurship to high school students. I was asked because of my role as executive director with Sierra Commons, Nevada County’s Business Ignitor, and I agreed because it sounded like an interesting experience.

I’ll admit that I was nervous. I was a teenager myself not too long ago.

Bitney College Prep is a public charter high school. They do things a little bit differently there. For one thing, they have intersession classes between their traditional coursework where they invite community members to come teach for a week on a subject requested by the students. The classroom sizes are fairly small and the students are given a lot of room for creative expression. Most of the walls are painted with murals. Most of the students seemed genuinely happy to be at school.

I had a blast teaching this week. I was incredibly impressed with the entire community — both the staff and the students. I’m thankful that we have such a rich resource in Nevada County and that I got to experience it first-hand. Keep up the good work, Bitney College Prep!

Hilary Hodge

Nevada City

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