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Arlington's Colin Nelson named WITEA Rookie Teacher of the Year

 

April 11, 2018 | View PDF

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Arlington Public Schools middle school teacher Collin Nelson has been recognized as the Rookie Teacher of the Year by the Washington Industrial Technology Education Association.

Arlington Public Schools middle school teacher Collin Nelson has been recognized as the Rookie Teacher of the Year by the Washington Industrial Technology Education Association (WITEA).

Nelson is a Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher who splits his time between Post and Haller middle schools. He has only taught in the district for two years but has already brought innovative changes to the middle school CTE programs.

"We revamped the program and started all new projects in these classes," said Nelson. "My instruction is very hands off. I let the students work on their own projects as much as possible. I love pushing them farther so they can work on more complicated projects."

Some projects include making an end table and breaking down a pallet and coming up with a new design. Nelson has the students try lots of different tools so they're familiar with them all. He says these skills can serve them well when they become a homeowner or if they decide to pursue a career in the construction industry.

Nelson received his award on March 10 and was nominated by fellow Arlington High School Manufacturing/CTE Teacher, Chris Whiteman.

"He goes above and beyond the call of a middle school shop teacher by helping kids and coaching both basketball and track," said Whiteman. "He has a great relationship with the kids. When they come up here to the high school, they tell me how much they enjoyed having him as a teacher."

 

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