Denise Nelson

Denise Nelson
English Teacher
Denise Nelson
I have been a teacher for a long time now and as I look back over the years that I have been teaching, I realise how much I have enjoyed the experience. It is wonderful to see students develop their skills in writing and communicating in general. I enjoy helping students learn to love learning and the excitement that accompanies achievement and growth in self confidence.
Teaching has helped me to understand myself as well. I have become a much more confident person from my teaching experience since I first started at 22 years of age in 1978. I have learnt what are the most important skills that I want to teach my students; I have developed a love for the students themselves. It's like we are all part of a family here at Prescott. I enjoy the opportunity to know the year 8s and I am always sad when the year 12s leave at the end of each year. It is great fun to see the lights go on in students' eyes when they understand what you are trying to teach them and then the excitement as they show confidence in their learning.
As a student, I loved learning and the new challenges and achievements that it brought me. As English was my favourite subject at school, and my best subject, I naturally decided that it was the subject I wanted to teach most of all.
As I near retirement - not just yet- I look back over the years that I have been teaching and I feel a sense of satisfaction and enjoyment in a career in which I have spent nearly a lifetime employed and in which I have learnt so much- but teaching would be nothing without the students.