Ms. Theodora R. NelsonSubjects / Classes: Biology 1-2Degree(s): B.S. in Secondary Education Biology & M.S. in Elementary and Secondary School CounselingCareer Journey:I completed my undergraduate degree at the California University of Pennsylvania in 1991. I began my career as a 7th grade Life Science Teacher. As a high school Biology Teacher, I participated in the Pittsburgh Teacher's Institute, a collaboration between the Pittsburgh Public Schools, Chatham University, and Carnegie Mellon Universtiy. I also participated in multiple summer programs, RET (Research Experience for Teachers), at John Hopkins University (2000), Carnegie Mellon University (2002), and the University of Pittsburgh (2004). In, 1994, I attended Duquesne University, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and earned a dual masters degrees in Elementary and Secondary School Counseling.In 2008, I moved to Arizona and embarked upon my career in School Counseling. In 2013, I was awarded the ACTEAZ Counselor of the year. For 8 years I served as a School Counselor in a small suburban school district west of Phoenix and a large urban district east of Phoenix. At the end of the 2017-2018 school year, I decided to return to the classroom as a Secondary Biology Teacher. As a Teacher and Counselor, I facilitate academic lessons and interventions to increase student achievement and assist students with their goal of graduation and their post-secondary pathway choices. I aim to develop collaborative relationships with the staff of Betty Fairfax High School in support of the school mission.B.F.H.S Mission Statement:We inspire students to show compassion to others through service.We challenge students to pursue academic rigor and excellence.We prepare students for college, career, and life.We educate students for a better world.
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