Sue Nelson

Sue Nelson

BS, Elementary Education, Indiana University
MS, Literacy Education, Northern Illinois University

St. Peter’s is fortunate to have Sue and her talents teaching 5th grade students. Proficient, sharp and dedicated, Sue is a respected literacy educator who had seventeen years experience prior to accepting a position with St. Peter’s. Her notable career includes teaching in public schools in Georgia, Illinois, and Tennessee. As an educator in the Hamilton County school system, Sue was a classroom teacher as well as a reading specialist. She taught 4th grade for six years at Normal Park Museum Magnet School and was a 5th grade teacher for one year at Falling Water Elementary School.

“All learning revolves around literacy. Students who develop solid reading and writing skills gain foundational competencies that are imperative to comprehending, connecting, interpreting, and discerning information. Literacy is important because it impacts the life-long intellectual learning process and is critical to academic, professional, and personal success.”

Sue seeks opportunities for professional development. She has worked with Dr. Jan Richardson, a nationally-recognized educator and architect of the Guided Reading system and trained with professionals from the Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing program. 

Because the 5th grade year is one of transition and change, Sue strives to assure and empower her students. “Teaching and learning must be a robust, animated, and caring experience that is underscored by me demonstrating absolute confidence in each student’s ability to learn.” 

A former cheerleader and current runner, Sue enjoys traveling to warm, sunny locations that are surrounded by turquoise water. She and her husband, Ben, are parents of two daughters, Katie and Camden. Camden is a student at St. Peter’s.  

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