About Nelson...
Subject / Grade English Language Development, K-5 grades
Room: M1
Phone: (480) 812-6060
Email: Nelson
"When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another."
-- Helen Keller

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Welcome to Andersen Elementary School! I can't wait to give our students an exciting and fabulous year full of language learning. I have enjoyed teaching students from all over the world for many years, and I value every child that comes through my classroom door.

My Education and Professional Background

  • B.S. 1990, Elementary Education ~ Northern Arizona University
  • M.A. 2000, Elementary Education ~ Northern Arizona University
  • Reading Specialist (2000) and Bilingual Endorsements (1990)
  • English Language Development/ESL/SEI Classrooms since 1990
  • Spalding, DIBELS Administrator, Read Naturally, Success for All
  • Response to Intervention Coordinator
  • 1995-Present Chandler School District: PreK through 6th grade
  • 1991-1995 Cartwright Elementary School District: 4 years, 1st grade
  • 1991 Taught English, 4th-6th grades, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
  • 1990 Student teacher for the Department for Defense at RAF Little Rissington

My Educational Philosophy

My passion is teaching students from around the world to speak, read, and write effectively. I set high expectations for each student and believe everyone can learn. When students love school and are exposed to an exciting literacy-rich environment, their achievement and learning comes naturally. The best thing about my job is learning from my students and their many unique backgrounds and watching them grow! Most importantly, reading is a special part of my life and through my love of books and languages, I am always learning something new about the world.

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