We are excited to announce that Kindergarten teacher Melanie Nelson is the 2014-2015 Travis Elementary Teacher of the Year.
A 31-year teaching veteran and native of Annandale, Minn., Ms. Nelson received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. She taught for four years in the St. Paul Public Schools system in Minnesota before moving to Texas and spending five years at Faith Lutheran Day School in Bellaire. Ms. Nelson came to Travis in 1993 and spent one year teaching second grade before moving to kindergarten the next year where she has been serving our students, school and community ever since.
Said Ms. Nelson: “Teaching helps me to remember that life and learning are happening all around me, with or without me, and that I have this amazing and colossal opportunity, and responsibility, to dive in headfirst on a daily basis with the rest of the friends in my class, the colleagues on my team and the staff at my school. This thinking energizes me. A vigorous world of possibilities and learning await and I’m definitely going to be a part of it.”
Said Mr. Day: “Ms. Nelson is an institution at Travis. Our families have long known her to be a compassionate educator that cultivates responsible and caring young citizens in her room while providing a top-notch education. Her creative and thoughtful approach to student learning has helped shape the fabric of our school community. She’s truly one of a kind.”
Congratulations, Ms. Nelson!