Phone: (719) 488-4760
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education with a dual certification in Special Education from the University of Delaware. Masters of Arts in Teaching from Grand Canyon University
Ms. Nicole Pennell
Hello. I am Ms. Pennell. This is my 12th year teaching at Palmer Lake Elementary. Previous to the past 12 years, I spent 5 1/2 years staying home with my children. Before I had my first child, I worked 5 1/2 years in Fountain Fort Carson District 8. My experience has included working with 1st grade, 3rd grade and as a special education teacher for grades K-5. I am excited this year to continue the adventure of working as a Title I Reading Interventionist. My desire is to equip students with the literacy strategies and skills necessary in persevering as they learn how to read.
Why I teach? I have wanted to be a teacher since I was in the 1st grade. I loved being in school and I loved the school year. I was very active in clubs, activities, and sports. I never lost the desire to become a teacher as I went through high school. In college, I obtained a bachelors degree in elementary education with a dual certification in special education at the University of Delaware. After my 3rd year of teaching, I pursued a Masters Degree in Teaching from Grand Canyon University because I wanted to do the best job I could as a teacher. Over the past 17 years, I also have been trained in multi-sensory reading instructional strategies and programs that have helped equip me to teach literacy skills to all students. I take opportunities to teach children in and out of the school setting. I enjoy getting to know who the students are, how they learn and how to help them get where they need to be academically, socially and emotionally. I believe teaching takes a group effort. I want parents to know as a teacher, I care what the parents have to say about how their children learn, behave etc. I want to come alongside parents as a support as they raise their children.
I truly care about making children feel safe and secure so they take the risks they need to take to become the learners they are meant to be. I teach because I care about the next generation and I want to be a part of their development of who they are created to be in this world.