This week, we’re happy to introduce Stacy Nelson, who is our new Lower Elementary assistant working with Beth Olitzki.
Tell us about yourself!
I enjoy the smell of freshly mowed grass, music (which easily can make me cry), sharing life with others through friendship and serving, and any time spent with my husband. I grew up in Indiana and just recently moved to Houston. I've traveled to a few countries and always feel fully alive when exploring new places, people, and food. I love to hear people's stories and really get to know them. My cup is filled when hosting people in our home and lavishing them with more food than they probably need.
Why did you choose to work at Post Oak?
After spending years in the public school setting, I am thrilled to enter into the Montessori world for the first time here at Post Oak. The Montessori Method has always intrigued me and I found myself implementing numerous strategies in my own public school classroom. This will be a year of learning and growing right alongside the students!
How did you get started in your profession? How did you know you wanted to do this? What are you most proud of?
I grew up longing to have my own classroom one day, and although my path led me to a few different opportunities outside of education for a time, I find myself back again. My love of children, investing in people, and calling out their potential makes for a great fit of skills and passions in the classroom. My goal for every student (and person) I interact with is that they feel seen, known, and loved for who they are from our time spent together.
In your opinion, what’s the best part of teaching?
The best part of teaching is building relationships with the students and encouraging them in their potential. Everyone needs someone to champion them and challenge them to persevere, pursue excellence, and even show themselves grace. It is a joy and a privilege to be someone like that in the life of a child who is exploring the world as they grow.
What’s your favorite part of working with children or adolescents? What makes a “good day” at school?
A good day consists of witnessing students develop in character; showing kindness and grace to one another, taking initiative in helping others, or preserving through a hard task. Those are wins in my book!
Who or what inspires you? What has influenced you most in your work?
I have had numerous adults pour into me throughout my life, especially growing up. These people made lasting impacts and helped shape me into who I am today. Their time, effort, attention, affection, and grace provided a space for me to ask questions, grow, fail, and come into my own. It takes a village to raise a human and I am grateful for the countless mentors, leaders, pastors, parents, and teachers who were a part of mine. It’s a joy to have a part in others’ stories now.
What do you do for fun? What are your hobbies? What do you like about Houston?
I love spending time with my sweet husband, exploring new places, trying new restaurants and yummy food, and spending time with people I love! I spend some of my free time singing, working out, cooking, mentoring college students and young adults, and playing board games.
My husband and I just moved to Houston from Indiana in June of 2020, so we are waiting for the world to fully open back up to really explore. We have enjoyed the many options of food from different cultures and are trying to hit up as many places as we can! We look forward to eventually checking out the zoo, nearby beaches, the rooftop cinema, and getting plugged into a church. Send me your suggestions of places to explore and eat if you’d like!