Ms. Nelson is an elementary interventionist at INSPIRE, the Idaho Connections Academy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Idaho State University. Ms. Nelson shares her story below.
“I became a teacher because I come from a family of teachers. First, I have three generations of teachers in my family. Second, both my parents were teachers. Third, three out of my six siblings became teachers. Therefore, I feel like teaching runs in our blood. Once I started teaching I became hooked on the “Ah-Ha” moments. There is nothing better for a teacher than to be teaching a lesson and the student all of a sudden realizes, “Ah-Ha! I got it!” I love it when they have grasped a concept or idea and feel so good about themselves at that very moment.
Since I have been teaching online, I have very little discipline to deal with. This is great because I can really concentrate on teaching. In a bricks-and-mortar school, I would spend most of my day disciplining the kids with very little time to teach in the end.
I also like the online classroom setting because it is such a safe environment for all students. It does not matter if you have a feeding tube, you’re in wheelchair, or perhaps you have a physical defect, everyone is anonymous and equal in a virtual classroom—they all enjoy each other’s company without caring or worrying about their looks or status.
Twenty years ago parents did not have the option of virtual schooling. If your student was struggling, you had to rely on your local school to deal with it, which is very difficult with a classroom of 30 kids. I believe all teachers try very hard in those classrooms, but it is difficult to teach every student they way they need to be taught. It is so nice to have the option of schooling your student based on his or her needs. If students need more one-on-one time, you can give it to them. If they need to be pushed more so they are not bored in a classroom, you can do it. Online schooling is designed to help your student learn the way he or she learns best!”
Ms. Nelson’s favorite food is brownies, and if she could meet any person, it would be Abraham Lincoln.
It is so nice to have the option of schooling your student based on his or her needs. If students need more one-on-one time, you can give it to them. If they need to be pushed more so they are not bored in a classroom, you can do it.