Teacher Feature, Karen Nielsen

May 20, 2019 | Harvesters
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Teacher Feature, Karen Nielsen

Karen Nielsen

Mrs. Nielsen teaches middle school and high school English. She also helps with drama and cross country. She is from the United States (Massachusetts). She has her BA in Literature and her MS in English Education. She has been teaching for 15 years! She has taught in the US, Papua and South Korea.

Why did you decide to become a teacher?
I never intended to be a teacher. I learned that I liked teaching through a long term substituting job that I needed to take in order to make ends meet during a season when I could not find a job in the profession I thought I would be in. The Lord used a class of awesome and energetic eighth graders to show me that teaching was what I was meant to do.

What teacher inspired you and why?
The handful of teachers I remember and appreciate most over my years of schooling were the ones who clearly put in the time and effort to teach their subject well. They were prepared. They took time to notice details and to tell me what I was doing well and where I needed to improve. As a student I was never that impressed with humor or fancy lessons or big personalities. I was inspired by the ones who were consistent and patient.

What's the best lesson you ever taught and what made you love it so much?
Well, this probably isn't the best, but it was memorable and I did love it. One time, I taught a unit on Egyptian literature and history and we actually mummified chickens. We accidentally messed up the process and my room smelled like rotten chicken for about 2 months. But pretty much every student who took that class remembers the process of mummification, and they produced some awesome creative writing pieces about what happened to their wrongly mummified chickens in their after-lives!

We are so thankful for Mrs. Nielsen and her dedication to her students and to good teaching!

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