About Ms. Nelson

GETTING TO KNOW MS. NELSON:

Tell us about yourself:
I am a native of Semmes, AL, a suburb of Mobile. I am a graduate of Holy Family Catholic School, McGill-Toolen Catholic High School, and Spring Hill College, Alabama's oldest institution of higher learning, and the first Catholic college in the Southeast. After completing my master's at the University of South Alabama in 2007, I began teaching 7th and 8th Grade Spanish, first at Hankins and Grand Bay Middle Schools, then at Causey Middle School. I was laid off in 2010, and in 2011 began dispatching with the Mobile Police Department, and remained there for the next seven years. In 2018 I returned to teaching at Dunbar Creative and Performing Arts Magnet School, where I taught Spanish, Piano, and co-taught Choir. At the end of that school year, my husband and I made the decision to relocate to Salt Lake City, and we moved here in August of 2019. I was overjoyed to begin teaching at St. Olaf's in November of the same year. The 2019-2020 school year was my first experience teaching in Catholic schools, and my first time teaching elementary students. I have loved every single minute of it, and I hope to be at St. Olaf's for years to come.

If you could have lunch with 1 person dead or alive, who would that be and why?
 If I could have lunch with one person, dead or alive, it would be my grandmother because she inspired my love of different cultures and of music, which has played a huge role in making me who I am today.
What is something on your Bucket List?
 Travelling to Europe and Hawaii
What book have you read that changed you and why?
St. Augustine's Confessions, because his life story has taught me that we serve a loving and forgiving God, and that through Him all people can achieve greatness.
What is your favorite thing about teaching or working with young people?
My favorite thing about teaching and working with young people is their eagerness to learn and share their knowledge, which is something I also possess. Nothing is more rewarding to me than seeing a child's eyes light up, and the sense of accomplishment they feel when they have learned something new, and I love to learn from them as well.
How would a friend describe you in three words?
Loyal, trustworthy and caring
If you had to compare yourself to one fictional character, who would it be?
If I had to compare myself to a fictional character, it would probably be Batgirl because neither of us has superpowers, but we use our knowledge to research and find a solution to our problems. I also look a little like her (we both have red hair)!
What is the best BAD decision you ever made?
The best "bad" decision I ever made was becoming a police dispatcher. Bad, because of rotating overnight shifts, and the stressful nature of the job, and good because of the life experience I gained, and the stable salary and benefits.
When are you most yourself?
 I am most myself when I am at home either by myself or with close family and friends.
What could you spend all day talking about?
 I could spend all day talking about Spanish-related things, and especially music. Music is my blood type!
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
When I am not working, I love to go hiking in the mountains, play music, and sing (I don't usually do solos though!)
 
 

PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

DEGREE:

  • Master of Arts in Secondary Education, University of South Alabama, 2007;

  • Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies, Spring Hill College, 2002

ENDORSEMENTS:

  • Secondary Foreign Language Grades 6-12 (Spanish)

CERTIFICATIONS:

  • State of Alabama Professional Educator Certificate,

  • Class A (6-12),

  • Secondary Foreign Language

  • Currently working on Utah certification.