Nick Banas was born in West Virginia and raised in Pennsylvania and Mystic, Connecticut. Nick was bit by the travel bug at a young age while on family vacations. He earned a BA in History and MA in Education from UConn. Upon graduating, Nick moved to Shanghai where he taught Word Studies, U.S. History, and AP World History at Shanghai High School International Division. From China, Nick was able to visit many countries in Asia. Nick returned to the U.S. in 2014 and has since worked at Ridgefield High School and Darien High School. At DHS, Nick led the China Exchange program and had the opportunity to return to China on four exchange trips. Nick loves cooking and trying new restaurants. He is especially interested in tea and tea culture. He is fascinated with languages and can get by in Spanish and Mandarin. Nick loves fencing and sailing. He will be coaching a fencing club at CGS that he hopes will grow into a proper team. His preferred weapon is epee. This past summer he adopted a rescue puppy from Puerto Rico that he and his girlfriend named Ellis. Nick is very interested in Buddhism and volunteers at Chuang Yen Monestary in Carmel, NY.