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Getting to know our teachers

Fort Dodge Middle School

Jill Nelson

Where do you teach?

Fort Dodge Middle School

What grade/subject do you teach?

Behavior Special Education: Grades 5-7

Why do you teach?

I teach because of the feeling that I get helping students who struggle with behavior or social/emotional skills reach their goals and feel proud.

What is your favorite part of the school day?

I love greeting students right away in the morning so I can give them a smile and let them know each day is a fresh start.

What are you working hardest on right now?

This year has brought on many challenges for educators. I am trying my best to maintain a structured and caring classroom in all of this unpredictability for students and adults.

What are you most proud of as a teacher?

I always feel extremely proud of my students when they use the skills we have been working on, or when they reach one of the short-term goals they have set.

What makes you happiest as a teacher?

I love getting to build relationships with my students.

How do you contribute to/how are you involved in our community outside of school?

We are members of Grace Lutheran Church in town.

What are your interests/hobbies outside of school?

My 1 year old keeps me busy! Otherwise, I love to spend time with my family and friends.

What do you wish your students/families knew about you?

I wish they all knew just how much I care about each and every one of my students and that I truly have a passion for what I do.

What does Together We Rise mean to you?

We all work together to care for every single student in our district to help them succeed.

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