Archived — April Nelson

Year: 2003 – Province: British Columbia

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

School: Rocky Mountain Elementary School
2400 Balmer Drive, PO Box 460
Elkford, British Columbia V0B 1H0

Principal: Hughie Twa
School Telephone: 250-865-4625
School Fax: 250-865-4451
School email: hugh.twa@sd5.gc.ca
Teacher Email: april.nelson@sd5.bc.ca
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grades 2-3/language arts, social studies, science, math, physical education, art, technology, personal planning, music

Teaching approach:

Uses a holistic approach with an emphasis on student participation in their own learning.

Accepts, values and, wherever possible, builds upon all ideas.

Outstanding achievements:

Ms. Nelson spearheaded and leads school-wide social responsibility programs called Second Step (kindergarten to grade 3) and Steps to Respect (grades 4-7).

She makes learning very meaningful for students by drawing on their past knowledge and experiences. Thinking and processing skills are emphasized. Students love receiving "brain gems" (shiny bathroom beads) when they have made an important thinking connection. The approach allows everyone to achieve success.

She is involved in many extra-curricular activities such as coaching badminton, volleyball, cross country and basketball, sponsoring safety patrol, organizing and supervising primary noon hour activities, co-sponsoring the student council, and coordinating both the school's Winter Carnival and reading program.

In Praise Of:

"It was clearly evident that there was always a love of learning and a love of teaching: two basic ingredients for teacher excellence (in Mrs. Nelson's class)." - Retired Superintendent of Schools, S.D. No. 5 Southeast Kootenay

"Each student is treated with Mrs. Nelson's special elixir of fairness and kindness, with huge dashes of exploring unknown worlds, sprinkled with skills to become independent thinkers." - Youth Care Worker

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