Carlton Nelson » Welcome

Welcome

Howdy!
 
My name is Carlton Nelson and I am currently a Robotics, STEM, Physics and Earth Science.  I have been a teacher in the District since 2003; 16 exciting years impacting the youth of the Anaconda Community. 
 
I hale from Texas where I grew up and received most of my post-secondary education.  I graduated from Texas A&M University in 1992 with a B. S. in Biomedical Science.  I have worked in many science facets including teaching, conducting Microbiology research, and developing science curriculum.  I earned my teaching license from Montana Western.  I have attended Montana Tech, the University of Montana and Montana State University to further my teaching credentials.  I am certified in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, and anything in between.  I have also earned a certification from the Carnegie Mellon Institute for Robotics Instruction.
 
I have two awesome children who attended middle school and high school in Anaconda.  We love to hike, hunt, fish and camp.  We enjoy playing board games and video games when we are relaxing together.  My daughter works in Missoula and is pursuing a degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing.  My son works as a carpenter.   My  most favorite job in the world is being their dad!  I have  a "small" 220 lb English Mastiff named Dexter and a "large" 20 lb Corgi named Hunter.   We love taking long walks and hiking to our favorite mountain lakes for a swim and fishing.
 
My hope for my students is that they gain an understanding and appreciation for a variety of Science topics.   Being scientifically literate is so important in many daily decisions we make from knowing how to vote to simply being curious about the world around us and how it works.  We are all scientists in one way or another as our curiosity leads us to discovery!  We read a lot of current articles to stay knowledgeable about the ever changing world of Science while simultaneously learning about age old content that has stood the test of time and experimentation.
 
I strive to create a welcoming environment for every student!  If the classroom is not a cohesive learning environment, I would not expect my students to succeed.  I tell them all daily that they are important to me and that my job is to ensure they learn and have fun doing so!
 
Thank you for taking a little bit of your time to read my welcome message.   Please never hesitate to reach out should you have a concern or something new and exciting to share!
 
Best, 
Carlton Nelson