Honor Our Teachers would like to recognize Mrs. Nelson at KCHS
Q and A with Mrs. Nelson:
What do you like most about Teaching?
What I love most about teaching is that every day is a brand new day filled with opportunities to see my students stretch themselves and grow into ever more independent learners who can think critically, and who understand how to not only find the answers to questions, but develop their own questions. I love to see understanding dawn on my students' faces; that look that tells me, "I got this!" No two students are the same, no day is the same, not class is the same and these are the things that keep coming back every year to my classroom. Prior to becoming a teacher, I worked in the field of social services, primarily with victims of domestic violence, it was there that I learned how important it was for young people to gain a solid background in education to help them become successful, independent thinkers who would not feel that they had no choice but to stay in an abusive relationship. For me, facilitating my class so that my students become stronger and more confident human beings is the key to their success in life. Having some small part in helping to give the tools of success to my students is a large part of what makes my job as a teacher special.
Is there a group of students or a class period that you are particularly proud of and would like to Honor?
At first I found it difficult to select just one class to honor because all of my classes are unique and all of them deserve to be honored. Each of them come to class every day knowing that the bar is being held high and that my expectation is that each of my students will successfully move on to the next year. As I began thinking about my classes though, and as I read through a recent test that I had given to my Sophomore students, I realized just how far their writing has come since the beginning of the year. All of my classes are improving, but one class in particular stands out based on the most recent test. That class is my first hour class. Not only is first hour often a difficult class, students running late to school, students still tired from a long night of ... doing homework, but this particular class transcends most of the typical "first hour" sleepyheads. In fact, 80% of these students passed their most recent test in which they had to write a narrative essay finishing the story, "Of Mice and Men." The writing exhibited by these students so far exceeded their early attempts at writing, that the growth was truly impressive. I know that these students have worked especially hard, and I honor them their effort and hard work! Thank you, First Hour Class!