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Nelson Receives 2012 University Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching

The purpose of the University's Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award is to recognize part-time faculty for their outstanding contributions to teaching and learning.

Gretchen Nelson began teaching as a part-time faculty member in the Department of Education in 2006.  She has taught undergraduate students in the Integrated Elementary and Special Education program.  It is her passion for teaching that she continues to teach courses while serving as the Head Teacher at the Farmington Valley Transition Academy and a Doctoral Candidate in the Educational Leadership program at the University of Hartford.  In addition, she has supported student honors projects and has served as a supervisor to many student teachers.  She has gone above and beyond her role in collaborating with full-time faculty in their effort to align courses to meet national and state standards.
Gretchen Nelson

A former student writes, Ms. Nelson is everything that I would want to be as a teacher and person.  She is a true representation of professionalism, kindness, and unselfishness.