Profile: Carley Nelson

Carley Nelson proves her teaching skills are magnifique!

Carley Nelson, who graduated from Brescia in 2013 with an Honors Bachelor of Arts, with a double major in French Studies and English Language and Literature, will officially reach her ultimate goal as she graduates this year, receiving her Bachelor of Education, and becoming a French teacher. Beyond her two degrees, Carley has added additional distinctions. She was awarded the 2014 Helen G. Mitchell Award from the Ontario Modern Language Teachers’ Association. The award recognizes one graduating student in each Faculty of Education in Ontario who has achieved excellence in both the Academic and Practicum programs, and has demonstrated the attributes of a potentially outstanding French-as-a-Second Language or International Language Teacher. “I would not have achieved the same amount of success had it not been for the preparation that I received through Brescia’s French program,” explains Carley. She was also the recipient of the McDonald’s McOpCo Employee Scholarship in 2011 in recognition of her high academic achievement and involvement within the local and Brescia community.

Carley admits she never saw herself attending an all-women’s university, and it was her first visit to Brescia that completely changed her mind. “When I first visited Brescia, I was impressed by the organization and the sense of care and concern demonstrated by the advising staff. All my questions were answered with such detail and they went above and beyond my expectations. My first impression was that the staff at Brescia is truly committed to providing the best educational experience possible for students and that was proven true continuously through my years in the Brescia community.” Carley also credits Brescia with her success at Teachers’ College: “Brescia helped me develop my voice and my confidence as a woman and has been integral to my development as a professional. Moreover, the courses I took as part of the French for Teaching module offered at Brescia gave me a unique mixture of experience and knowledge.”

Carley admires the people she met at Brescia as they helped shape her into the person she has become. “The kindness, commitment to students, and implementation of teaching theory embraced by Sister Mary Frances and Professor Nadine de Moras truly helped me to develop my vision of the educator I want to be.” Carley also left a lasting impression on the leaders of Brescia. Sister Mary Frances glowed when speaking of Carley. “During her years at Brescia, Carley was an ideal student, always pleasant, mature, and dependable with regard to her work. She was also one of the most enthusiastic volunteers in our Brescia French Volunteer Teacher Program. It was a pleasure to observe how well she could handle challenging classroom situations. The teachers with whom she was placed were always most anxious to tell me how pleased they were with her. We all agreed that Carley would make an excellent teacher. I am absolutely delighted, therefore, to see that the Ontario Modern Language Teachers’ Association shares our opinion of Carley in awarding her the Helen G. Mitchell Award for excellence in both the Academic and Practicum programs in her pre-service year at Western’s Faculty of Education.”

Carley is currently eligible to teach Grades Seven through Twelve, and will be taking additional qualifications this summer to teach Kindergarten through Grade 6 and Special Education. She has recently accepted a job with the Thames Valley School Board in London. When Carley is not in the classroom, she enjoys watching the Toronto Blue Jays and spending time with family. Carley was recently engaged and will be married in October 2015, so, needless to say, with a new job and a wedding to plan, there is no end to the excitement for this Brescia alumna.