Mrs. Jan Nimlo

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About Me
Why do you love being a teacher?: 
I love looking forward to a day filled with students' "aha" moments, making learning as much fun as possible, and inspiring students to become life-long learners.
What do you like to do outside of school?: 

In my spare time I enjoy gardening, mountain biking, a hot cup of tea and a good book, snowboarding, writing, traveling the world far and near & long walks with my husband, Mike, and our dogs, Dahlia and Lefty.

What is a favorite quote of yours?: 

Be the change you wish to see in the world.  ~Mahatma Ghandi

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I began my teaching career in 2001 as a 3rd grade teacher in Brooklyn, New York in one of the the city's first "inclusion" classrooms. After moving to Colorado in 2004, I took the job of literacy specialist and interventionist at an amazing little school called Galeton Elementary in Eaton.  Then I moved to Kinard Middle School where I was the Integrated Services teacher for 6th & 7th graders. I began at Zach in 2009 as the interventionist for four years, then filled the role of Gifted & Talented teacher for four years, and, in the spirit of fours, I am now teaching fourth grade. I am proud and excited to be starting my 9th year at Zach Elementary.

About My Classroom: 

I strive to challenge my students by providing open ended learning opportunities; hands-on, project-based and independent learning; peer collaboration; time to deepen their understanding by verbalizing their thinking and reflecting in writing.  I also try to address the "whole child" by making sure that my students' social and emotional needs are being met as well as their academic needs.  I want math class to be a place where students feel valued, important, safe to be themselves and comfortable embracing a challenge.