Special to the Golden Star
The new school year is underway and with it has come a few changes. For Nicholson Elementary School, those changes include a new principal, Bob Wilson.
Wilson began his teaching career in 1995, when he taught at Field Elementary School.
“Very few of my fellow graduates can say that they started in a one-room school!” Wilson says.
Wilson remained at Field Elementary School until 2002, when he began teaching at Lady Grey Elementary School. During this time, Wilson mainly taught Grades 5 to 7 with “stints in a Multiple Intelligences classroom and the Lady Grey library.”
In 2008, Wilson switched gears and began working for the Golden Teachers’ Association, where he represented the “educational and workplace interests of local teachers”. Wilson remained in this position until returning to the classroom as a Grade 1/2 teacher in 2012.
Wilson says he has fond memories of his 22 years with the Golden/Rocky Mountain School District Board of Education. He says that, as a teacher, “the rewards are twofold. The first happens every day when children have an “aha” moment; when a concept or idea that wasn’t clear suddenly clicks in their minds. It is joyful to see. The second happens years later when you meet the grown-up versions of these kids.”
Wilson looks forward to continuing his rewarding career in his new role, where he will focus on supporting the community as Nicholson Elementary School Principal.
“First and foremost, I am still a teacher.” Wilson says. “In essence, a principal’s job is to work every day to support teachers, students and their families, and our communities to realize our shared aspirations for our kids. It is this kind of work that made me want to be a school principal.”
This year, Nicholson Elementary School students can look forward to continuing the strengthening of young leaders within their walls with the Leader In Me program.
“Our staff and student leaders are embedding many of the leadership practices we’ve implemented in the last two years, and we’re always planning what we’re going to do next to encourage and support student leadership.”
Although Wilson’s new office has the title “Principal”, don’t expect to always find him there. Wilson will be teaching the Grade 1/2/3s on Fridays.
“The classroom is where I definitely feel at home.”