Meet the February 2017 Teacher of the Month

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February’s KFM Teacher of the Month is Kelly Nelson, a 4th grade teacher at ROWVA Elementary School in Oneida. Kelly was nominated by Amanda Lawerence who has a son in Mrs. Nelson’s class.

As KFM’s Teacher of the Month, Mrs. Nelson receives the Big Red Apple Award along with a $100 gift card and other prizes courtesy of Galesburg Nissan, Tompkins State Bank, Galesburg Flower Company and Lacky Monuments, Here’s a little bit about Mrs. Nelson:

Where did you grow up? Manlius, Illinois

Years teaching: 9

Favorite Subject Growing Up: Social Studies

Favorite Subject To Teach: Math

Favorite Food: Lasagna

Least Favorite Food: Potato soup

My Favorite Movie: A Few Good Men

My Favorite TV Show: Anything on HGTV

My Favorite Book: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

My Favorite Sports Team: Illini and the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs

On my spare time I like to: Watch movies and play with my dog.

What sets this teacher apart from others?
My son has ADHD really bad, and we were trying to not put him on medications for it. On the first day to meet her, we explained his situation and our stand on not wanting to jump to medications. She agreed to try to teach him without it. For this whole half of the year she has been working with him, and never once brought up that we should put him on the medications. She went as far as buying him fidget toys out of her own pocket. She tried about everything she could think of to make his learning experience benificial. While the whole time she was curtious to our stand. When we went in for the last parent teacher conference, she still seemed hopeful to find a structure that would work for him, and i finally caved to put him on medication. To my surprise, she looked defeated at the news. She truely cares about her students.

What is one thing this teacher does that is not in their job description but they do it anyway to help you or your child?
She bought my son fidget toys for his ADHD out of her own pocket to try to help him focus.

Give an example of a way this teacher has helped or impacted you or your child:
When she had every right to be done and frustrated with his issues, she still was warm and caring to him. Since she has been his teacher, my sons confidence has shot through the roof. She has helped him to not beat himself up about how hard school is for him. He actually wants to go to school for the first time since kindergarten.

As KFM’s Teacher of the Month, Kelly receives the Big Red Apple Award, a $100 gift card, and other gifts. Congratulations and THANK YOU Mrs. Neilson for making a difference in children’s lives from Galesburg Nissan, Tompkins State Bank, Lacky Monuments, Galesburg Flower Company and 105.3 KFM.

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