Butler alumna named Indianapolis' top teacher for 2017

Micah Nelson began working for the Indiana Public Schools in 2004.
Micah Nelson began working for the Indiana Public Schools in 2004. | Contributed photo

Butler graduate Micah Nelson of the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) has been named the 2017 Teacher of the Year.

Nelson is a sixth- through eighth-grade social studies teacher at the Center for Inquiry School No. 2. According to the IPS, Nelson’s global awareness commitment, project-based learning and literacy integration and writing instruction into content area curriculum make her a prime example of what excellence in education should look like.

Nelson began working for the IPS in 2004 and is a member of the building leadership team at herschool. She also serves as a District Lead Literacy Teacher, where she leads training for professional development for her fellow teachers. She has also had her research on Progressive Education published.

According to IPS, Nelson was not always aware that teaching was her calling. In fact, she did not realize this until she was in college and witnessed the reactions around her after the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11. That is when she realized promoting global awareness was her passion.

Nelson earned degrees in history and education from Purdue University before receiving her master’s in teaching from Butler.

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