Jeff Nisbet has been teaching visual arts and art history for almost a decade. Beginning in the fall of 2020, he will begin at the Rivers School in Weston, Massachusetts. Previously, he served as the Fine Arts Department Learning Leader at Grapevine High School. Jeff also coaches for the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), and is an AP Reader for the Art History exam. As a NMSI coach, Nisbet is currently creating and presenting professional development, formative assessments, and student study sessions for New York City teachers and students under the “AP For All” initiative.
Jeff received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing in 2009 from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. There he committed to experimenting with conceptual and material relationships through the use of electronic waste, particularly thrown out televisions. Dumpster diving was very much part of the artistic process. Later, while teaching and coaching full time, Jeff earned his Master of Arts in Art Education from Boston University, completing his research on using broad themes of identity to engage student voice in the secondary art classroom.
In the classroom, Jeff has experienced national success in teaching Advanced Placement Art History and Studio Art. In 2016, his AP Art History program was ranked 1st in Texas and 5th in the nation based on the total number of students who took and passed the AP exam. Then in 2017, the program rose to 4th in nation. Similarly, from 2016-2019, 100% of AP 2D Design students earned a passing score with the average score of 4.4 out of 5. Nisbet was named the November 2019 National Teacher of the Month by the National Math and Science Initiative.
Nisbet feels strongly about preparing ALL students to be successful at the collegiate level and to live a life that is meaningful. Joy is such a wonderful feeling when expectations meet achievement. He believes that ALL students should experience joy in the classroom. Education should be rigorous yet fun, demanding yet rewarding. Building positive relationships ensures an open, honest, and joyful educational experience.
Jeff is happily married to his wife, Kayla and they have two beautiful children, Henry and Lucy. Kayla and Jeff first met in the undergraduate painting studio at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The family loves to travel, eat delicious plant-based foods, listen to records, go for long walks in crisp weather, and spend time at the public library. Nisbet enjoys playing hockey with his family on the lake in Northern Ontario and peeling a clementine in a single peel.