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Valerie A. Nance, MA

Foremost Expert on Etiquette

Valerie Nance, Director of The Eastern School of Etiquette has the philosophy that females of all ages should look and carry themselves as “Ladies.” They should acquire proper etiquette to enhance their feminine qualities and encourage self-control and purity. Out of a desire to work with young ladies, Valerie began teaching etiquette in 1991. This lady of dynamic professional stature has over 20 years experience in fashion merchandising, make-up artistry, skin care, charm and modeling. The goal of The Eastern School of Etiquette is to "Impart Principles of ‘What to Do', ‘How to Behave’, and ‘What is Expected’. According to Valerie, poise and posture are wonderful qualities to possess, however, the true beauty and character of a person comes from within.

As a certified make-up artist, Valerie has provided services for video and photography sessions to Word-A-Cise Ministries and Christian Sistahs, Inc. She has taught etiquette classes to students attending learning institutions such as Riverdale Baptist School and The Seed Public Charter School of Washington DC as well as private Business Etiquette sessions for college students. Valerie has provided monthly etiquette classes, as well as private one-on-one sessions. Valerie has produced Annual Purity and Debutante Cotillion workshops and Balls. Valerie has served as a judge for the following nationally known pageants; Northern Virginia Beauty Pageant, America’s Miss Teen Maryland of the Year. Valerie has held the position of Director for the Miss Pennsylvania Teen America Pageant. Additionally on January 9, 2002, Valerie was featured on the front page of the Burtonsville Gazette.

Valerie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies, Master of Arts in Management and Leadership, and a certification as an Etiquette Consultant from The American School of Protocol in Atlanta, Georgia. This school has been featured on major television channels as well as in Town and Country magazine.

Valerie enjoys traveling, and learning new things. She recently began ballet lessons with the renown Aaron Jackson. Valerie also enjoys horse riding lessons and shopping.

Valerie attributes her passion for etiquette to her parents. Her mother taught her how to be a lady while her father taught her how a lady should be treated as exemplified by his care and treatment of her mother. Valerie is an active member of the Interdenominational Church of God in Gaithersburg Maryland, where she serves as the Director of the Childcare Center. Valerie is the wife of the best husband in the world, Bryan Nance, Sr. and the mother of four young men and four young ladies.