Once a Millville Elementary student, Nichole Anderson is now the school's Teacher of the Year
When she was little, Nichole Anderson was inspired to become a teacher by her own school teachers at Millville Elementary School. Little did she know that one day she would be chosen to be Teacher of the Year at the very elementary school she attended as a child.
Since graduating from Utah State University 13 years ago, Anderson has been working with elementary students of all ages. She spent the last five years at Millville, where she currently teaches first grade. Her favorite part of her career as an educator is the children who make every day a unique experience.
“Working with students has helped me to see things in a new way,” Anderson explained. “They don’t need some big, grand spectacle to be amazed by our world. They get that even small things can be amazing in their own way.”
Over the last three years, Anderson has been asked to move grade levels each year. Principal Brady Johnson said that she had approached each of her new assignments with a positive attitude and commitment to all of her students — including the recent transition to online instruction.
“Nickie has many qualities that make her an exceptional teacher. She always has a smile on her face and is a friend to all,“ Johnson said. “Her students love her and thrive within the loving community she creates within her classroom. As her administrator, I appreciate her willingness to serve in any capacity that is needed.”
Adapting to online teaching for her first-graders has been challenging, but Anderson has been doing all she can to make it work. “The hardest part for me has been not being able to see my students every day. I miss them, and I hope they miss me too,” she said.
When she’s not creating lesson plans or recording videos for her students, Anderson enjoys baking, camping, reading, and spending time with her husband and three kids. Thank you, Mrs. Anderson, for all you do for the students of Millville Elementary!