Jitka Nelson, 2017 Indiana Teacher of the Year, will visit the University of Evansville campus on Wednesday and Thursday, October 11-12. She will be speaking to students and professors on such topics as strategies and tips for working successfully with ESL students and their families. There will also be an informal Q&A session.
Nelson has been a teacher at Logansport Community High School since 2006. During her career as an educator, she has been an instructional assistant and classroom teacher in the Czech Republic, Canada, and the United States. A graduate of the University of Southern Bohemia, she has a BA in Pedagogy and dual MA in Russian as a Foreign Language and Music.
She has received numerous awards including the 2016 Crystal Berry Award – Logansport District Teacher of the Year Award, the 2015 Woman of Distinction Award – Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, and the 2014 Pillar of the Logansport Community School Corporation Award.
The mission of the Indiana Teacher of the Year program, which began in 1957, is to “inspire, rejuvenate and celebrate” the profession, according to the Indiana Department of Education website. Those who earn the designation continue to support the education community. As Indiana’s 2017 Teacher of the Year, Nelson will represent Indiana in the National Teacher of the Year competition.