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Where are they now? with Nicole Burgess

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Nicole Burgess played both basketball and tennis for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons. She majored in business education and minored in management, then went to Tennessee State University where she earned her mathematics endorsement. She has been teaching in the Metro Public School System in Nashville for 23 years, the last three at Hume-Fogg Magnet, one of the top schools in the country. She was named the Metropolitan Public Schools 2011 Teacher of the Year in the high school division. She also became one of the few teachers in Metro to earn national board certification in mathematics. She took a few minutes to talk with lipscombsports.com.

1. What sport(s) did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?

“I played both women’s basketball and tennis from 1982-86. Trish Duty and Ann Duncan were my tennis coaches. Frank Bennett was my basketball coach.”

2. What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?

“Playing two sports for four years was a pretty cool feat. Honestly, that is my fondest memory. When I hear my students complain about how much homework they’ve got I usually don’t listen to them. I tell them I played two sports in college and I handled them just fine. “I felt like I was lucky to be a part of that environment when coach (Don) Meyer was there with the men’s basketball team and seeing them win the National Championship in 1986.

“I do remember coach Bennett making a lot of U-turns every time we would go somewhere. We just go used to it.”

3. Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?

“Athletically, my Dad, Paul Burgess always had the biggest influence on me. He was not only supportive, but he was also a teacher. He helped me become who I am as an athlete.

“He would take me down to the tennis court when I was eight. He taught me golf when I was 14. He taught me how to work on my basketball shot when I was just a little squirt.”

4. What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?

“The best part of going to a place like Lipscomb is being around like-minded, Christian people. Going to activities and forming friendships with those types of people helped make me who I am today.”

5. What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?

“Time management and being organized. When you play two sports you have no choice.

“I had some great teammates. I am still close to them. It is what coach Bennett called `life-long’ teammates. When you come back for reunions or see them the bond is still there.

“Another thing I learned was to always be positive. When you are around good programs you become a better person. To this day when I see a piece of paper on the floor that I didn’t thrown down there I pick it up. I say `please’ and `thank you’.

“I treat people with respect. I honor my elders. Those are the types of things that Lipscomb teaches you. Your parents reinforce those things, but it is a great environment.”

6. Who was your favorite professor? Why?

“I definitely liked Dot Eubanks for typing and shorthand. I also liked Patti Dugger. I remember writing a 50-page paper for her. It is amazing how fast I can type.”

7. Where do you live now?

“I live in Goodlettsville, Tenn.”

8. Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?

“Hume-Fogg is an awesome school. I teach honors Algebra I and Algebra II.”

9. Tell us about your family.

“I am single.”