Sue Nielsen is a sixth-grade teacher at Willow Creek Middle School in Rochester. Having become a teacher after 17 years as a nurse, Nielsen has been teaching in Rochester since 1993. She has been active on Building Leadership Teams, has been a Team Leader, and has mentored and instructed beginning teachers with the Graduate Induction Program connected with the district and Winona State University.
I have found the Continuous Improvement program, based on the Baldridge Model, to be effective with my classes, as well as the importance of building relationships with my students. My teaching style includes a combination of helping students attain high academic achievement in addition to the encouragement of positive character traits within a warm, caring, safe environment. I feel these strategies can help produce future responsible citizens. I would be happy to hear from other Milken educators about how they use Continuous Improvement tools in their classrooms.
1993 Winona State University, B.S.