The Pathfinder School: Traverse City Community School

Nora Stone

After graduating from Pathfinder in 2002, Nora Stone went on to attend high school at Interlochen Arts Academy, where she majored in Creative Writing. Interlochen also led her to Julie Barnes's German classroom, where she discovered a love for Germanic languages. She spent her junior year in Hamburg, Germany, after winning a scholarship from the CBYX program. It was a life-changing year that solidified her passion for learning and teaching language.

Nora returned to the States (albeit reluctantly) and graduated with the rest of her class in the spring of 2006. First attending Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, she found that college was not the right choice at that moment, and took some time off from education to work and travel. This led her to a job as au pair for a Dutch-American family in Amstelveen, the Netherlands, where she lived for just under a year.

When she got back in the summer of 2008, she decided it was time for another crack at higher education, and returned to NMC. Something clicked this time, and she stayed for two years, serving as Arts & Entertainment Editor and Editor-in-Chief for the White Pine Press, NMC’s award-winning student newspaper. In the fall of 2010 she transferred to the University of Michigan, where she is currently finishing a BA in German and Linguistics.

During the summer, Nora works as a camp counselor at AuthorQuest, a weekend camp for kids who love to write. She likes reading, going to Blissfest, and riding her bike, and still works on her own writing when she has time. She is planning to become a teacher, a decision due in no small part to the passionate educators who guided her at Pathfinder!