Nancy Melvin

  • Nancy Melvin

  • Handwork Teacher
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  • 773-465-2662 X8457

Nancy Melvin enjoyed diverse childhood experiences in Virginia, Germany, Denmark, Norway and India with her diplomat parents.  She attended Bennington College in Vermont and received a BA in Anthropology/Photography.  Then she and her artist husband Tom traveled to Montana to lay track for the Burlington Northern Railroad where being fired for being a woman sparked her to sue for lost wages under then new Federal anti-discriminatory regulations.  She settled out of court and used the money to send herself to the University of Chicago for a MA in Social Science Theory.   Not at all done with school, she pursued a Post Graduate degree in Art History and Aesthetics from the School of the Art Institute where she studied history of textiles and taught and danced in the Performance Art dept.  She is a founding member of the Chicago Contact Improvisation Group (think jitterbug meets Aikido).   She had children instead of finishing her degree there and they led her back to the Waldorf education that she had experienced as a child in Germany.  A graduate of Arcturus Waldorf Teacher Training, she now teaches there.  This year she is carrying 5th grade as the main lesson teacher until January when John Trevillion returns from his sabbatical.  She enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and singing Byzantine chant.