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Teacher Spotlight- Dana Nelson

May 21, 2009

By Cody Bates

Psychology teacher Dana Nelson originally wanted to become a history teacher, but while she was in school she decided to get her social science credential. Because of the lack of psychology teachers, she decided to do exactly that.

She started teaching at Washington in 1987. She worked here for one year, but then she took five years off to raise her family and then returned in 1992. She has been teaching here ever since.

Both of Nelson sons attended Washington High School. Her two sons and her husband are involved in the science field as well.

“I was very pleased with [my sons’] time here,” Nelson said.

One of her sons was in her psychology class.

“It was difficult because I treated the class like mom not teacher. It was hard for both of [my son and I],” Nelson said.

Nelson enjoys the time she spends teaching, but when she isn’t teaching, she enjoys growing flowers, caring for her family, and helping the community. She plans to walk in the “Relay for Life” in June.

Dana Nelson teaches her fifth period psychology class. She has worked here since 1987.

Dana Nelson teaches her fifth period psychology class. She has worked here since 1987.

Nelson loves being a teacher.

“I feel like I really make a contribution and help people discover where their lives are leading,” Nelson said.

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