Nora Pearson

This week’s theme: new teachers

Fifth grade

Northside Elementary School

Pearson grew up in Montana and spent six years teaching in the Grants-Cibola County Schools district in New Mexico. She moved to Montrose in 2011 and has taken some time off to raise her young family. Pearson lives in Montrose with her husband and two children, ages 1 and 3.

Q: Did you have a nice summer?

A: Yes. My daughter started learning to ride her bike, and my son is talking. We made some trips to Ridgway State Park to enjoy the beach and have some barbecues. We really like to explore Colorado in our limited free time. We recently watched the show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” and saw Beau Jo’s in Idaho Springs. Some weekend, we are going to make that trip and try the pizza we saw on TV.

Q: What else do you enjoy doing as a family?

A: I foster a life of reading with my own kids as much as I do with my students. Me and my daughter participated in the summer reading program at the library. Each night, the three of us — my son, as well — spend at least 20 minutes reading before bedtime.

Q: What will your classroom look like?

A: I have a minor in art, so I make a lot of the decorations in my classroom. I try and make anything that is eye popping and gets kids engaged. I also like to provide a lot of hands-on activities and experiments, and let the students use their own artistic creativity. I like my students to make the classroom their own and buy into their education.

Q: What are you expecting for your first day of class?

A: That is a good question. I have only been able to spend about five hours in my classroom so far. Being a veteran teacher, I think my first day of class will be a great day. I look forward to being introduced to my students and the community. I am really excited to start in this district, and I hope to bring my expertise in reading strategies and skills. We have a lot of new staff at Northside, so we all will be learning together. Everyone has been real supportive of one another.

— Will Hearst

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