Student Nomination Story

Mrs. Nelson helped me with throughout my fifth grade year at Swallow School. Not just academically, but with life. Mrs. Nelson helped shape me into the person I am today, helping me understand how to get through adversity at a young age was vital for me. Right before my fifth grade year, I lost someone very close to me, my best friend. I was still adapting to what had happened when I found out my parents were getting a divorce three days later. School started four days after my parents got their divorce. With so many emotions flowing through my head, I did not want to be at school ever, I had so much on my mind, and I was never mentally at school. I was in a class where I had no close friends which made it worse. All of my friends were in Mrs. Nelson’s class. Mrs. Nelson knew this and knew what had happened. She talked to the school and my mom, and asked me if I wanted to switch classes to be in her classroom with my friends. I didn’t tell any of them and neither did she, so all of the sudden one morning my desk was in her classroom instead of Mrs. Peterson’s. This subtle change is just the start of how wonderful and understanding a person Mrs. Nelson is. Mrs. Nelson would consistently ask me how I was doing, and I would tell her I was doing fine (because I wouldn’t want to tell her I was struggling) but just from her asking me if I was okay meant the world. Mrs. Nelson has meant so much to me, just by that one small change she did, allowing me to be in the class I needed to be in, to help me want to go to school again, it really did change my life. Thank you so very much Mrs. Nelson for everything you have done for me! P.s. I am coming to visit very soon!

Nick Harrington

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