Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Lori Nelson
Congratulations to Lori Nelson of Roger B. Chaffee Elementary School, selected as this week’s Teacher Spotlight recipient!
Ms. Nelson has been teaching fifth grade science and social studies at Chaffee Elementary for over nine years. She and her husband of thirty-two years have three children, two of whom have also studied to become educators. Ms. Nelson says she never really thought about being a teacher until she began working as a substitute. She enjoyed it so much that she decided to attend Alabama A&M University to earn her master’s in elementary education under the guidance of Dr. Tammy Alexander. Ms. Nelson says it was Dr. Alexander who really stoked her interest in science and introduced her to a lot of NASA’s programs.
When she isn’t teaching, Ms. Nelson enjoys spending a great deal of her own time learning and perfecting her craft. Last Summer alone, she participated in nineteen days of professional development. When she can, however, she does enjoy reading, being outdoors, and spending time with her family.
“Ms. Nelson is a wonderful fifth grade teacher,” reports Chaffee Principal Christina Spivey. In her classroom, students are often standing up, participating in experiments, or singing along to one of the songs that Ms. Nelson has created. According to Gonzalo Dominguez, one of Ms. Nelson’s students, “she makes learning a lot more fun than it usually is.” Leani Hamilton says, “at first I wasn’t that great at science, but now that I’m in Ms. Nelson’s class she’s helped me a lot.” Ms. Nelson understands that a lot of careers her students will have probably don’t even exist yet, so she tries to prepare them by giving “lots of opportunities to collaborate with each other, to problem solve, [and] to use their creativity.”
While her work as an educator is, without a doubt, giving students a love for science and social studies, it is also giving them something much more important – a love for learning itself.