Jon Rigai is a professional chess instructor and a Class A player. He joined NSCF in 2010 and has now taught at over 20 different schools as well as at summer camps and community chess classes.
Jon’s father was a classical pianist who taught music and inspired Jon to also want to work with children. An athlete and former fitness trainer, Jon teaches his students that “a chess game is like mental boxing. If you want to win, you have to fully commit yourself to every move in the game.” Jon finds that this approach teaches students to focus and stay on task, valuable skills that they can apply towards their schooling and whatever other challenges life presents.