• Welcome to Mrs. Nelson's webpages!
     
    I am excited to be a Lion and live in Hunters.  I love working with the students in this community.  I believe that learning math opens doors that allow students to work towards accomplishing their dreams.  I feel privileged to be one of the people to help them on their journey.
     
    I believe that every student has the potential to learn math to its highest levels.  For more information about that belief, and to also see why you should NEVER tell your child he/she is SMART, (I know, seems wrong, right?) follow this link to read the latest research:
     
     
    This short video is also very interesting:
     
      
     I would encourage you to check out this FREE course from Stanford University called "How to Learn Math."  It is appropriate for students and parents alike and has some exciting information about the newest research around math learning.  This link will take you there:
     
     
     
     
     

    My Classes:

      • Math 8
      • Bridges to College Math (A senior level course)
      • Math 7 

    Additionally, this year I started working as the district's business manager in the afternoon.

     

    Education:
    I graduated from Curlew High School in 1994.  I attended Whitworth College for one year after graduation, but transferred to Eastern Washington University for the rest of my undergraduate career.  I graduated from EWU with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics Education in 1999.  In 2002, I earned my Masters degree in the Art of Education from Grand Canyon University.  Finally, in 2009 I became a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescence Mathematics.
     
    Past Employment:
    My first teaching job was at the Odessa School District where I was the high school math teacher.  The next year we moved to Hunters, and I was hired at Mary Walker High School in Springdale.  I taught some middle school math classes, high school math classes, and drama during the five years I was employed there.  In 2005, I was hired at Columbia, and I am so happy to be here!
     
    Family:
    Curt Nelson and I were married in 1997.  We have three children.  Corbin was born in 2001, Lexi in 2003, and Owen in 2005.  They all attend Columbia School, and they love being lions.