HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Lori Nelson, a fifth-grade teacher at Chaffee Elementary, has been selected by the Alabama Science Teachers Association as the 2018-2019 Elementary Science Teacher of the Year.
The award was presented at the organization’s annual two-day conference held in Tuscaloosa this week.
Each year, the Alabama Science Teacher’s Association recognizes an outstanding elementary, middle, and high school teacher with a special plaque and a check for $1,000.
Nelson was very thrilled when she heard the news and said she is “very blessed to work in a school that encourages and values science education.”
Nelson has been teaching fifth-grade science and social studies at Chaffee Elementary for almost 10 years and was recognized by the Air Force Association as State Teacher of the Year earlier this past spring.
Her students enjoy participating in experiments and other hands-on activities that connect them with the lessons. Braden George is a fifth grader at Chaffee and says he loves how Mrs. Nelson “connects everything to space - such as engineering or problem solving.”
Nelson says that it was her experience as a substitute teacher which inspired her to earn her master’s degree in elementary education at Alabama A&M.
She credits Dr. Tammy Alexander for not only guidance, but creating a love of science and NASA.
Nelson spends a lot of her free time on researching and working to learn more about science, and attends many professional development workshops every year to perfect her craft.
Her colleagues believe that Nelson not only inspires her students with a love for science, but for learning itself.