HUMBOLDT — New Humboldt Elementary School teacher Jalayne Nelson enters teaching first grade on a new platform. However, she is no stranger to teaching or being in Kansas.
Nelson, a Le Roy native who married her husband from Iola, is well-traveled in her teaching career. She received her bachelor’s degree at Emporia State University and master’s from MidAmerica Nazarene University.
For 13 years, she has had stints in Gridley, LaCygne, Parker and Tyler, Texas, all at the elementary level from first to third grade.
She left teaching for three years while in Parker to help her husband farm. Nelson returned to teaching with preschoolers in Iola before entering Humboldt.
She said the good reputation of Humboldt and its schools drew her there.
“I had heard they had a nice community feel to their school and parental involvement. The community is really involved,” she said.
When in Tyler, Nelson was one of 13 third-grade teachers at an elementary school. At HES, she is one of two in charge of first grade.
Nelson is five years removed from teaching her last elementary class. In that time she said there have been plenty of changes to education. Like her students, she is learning new ways to teach.
“There has been a shift from teaching the whole class at once to teaching in smaller groups,” Nelson said. “I think teachers are allowed more freedom now to do what they need to do for the type of kids they have.”
Nelson is a mother of two and enjoys traveling with her family. They take an annual trip to Canada and will continue to explore other parts of the world. Most recently they visited Spain.
Nelson said she has worked to embrace the area.
“I’ve tried to learn traditions and meet the families and get a feel for a who these people are and what they value,” Nelson said. “The more they know about a teacher, the easier it is for them to send their children to me. I’m getting into a routine for my kids to settle down.”
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