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Benfer Elementary Teacher Florinda Nale Named District Elementary Teacher of the Year
Jun 02 2017 - 02:47:00 pm
Nale’s mission possible attitude helps students thrive

 Klein, TX – Nothing is impossible for Benfer Elementary teacher, Florinda Nale, who recently earned the title of 2017 Elementary Teacher of the Year for Klein ISD.

“She is a fun teacher, because she's always trying to make everything work out,” said Yvette Trevino, Nale’s student.

Being able to make things work out, stems back to her start in education. Nale’s professional journey began as a child. She watched her mother, an elementary teacher, dedicate countless hours to students. Nale began teaching in 2005 and compulsively attended every professional development opportunity she could. In a five-year period, she accumulated 433 hours of professional development.

As a military spouse, from 2009 to 2014, she studied Early Childhood Education, became a mother of two remarkable children, served as a director of a preschool, earned a master’s degree in Educational Leadership, and became an ESL Newcomer teacher. She and her husband moved back after his service and she began her career in Klein ISD. Nale seeks continual improvement from her network of brilliant educators and professional books. For her, teaching and parenting in Klein ISD is a privilege and vocation, so she shows her gratitude by serving with humble and selfless excellence.

“She is truly one of the most innovative teachers I've ever worked with before,” said Katie Steele, Benfer Elementary principal. “When she finds a problem, she comes to talk to me about it, and brings a solution. People go to her to find out more about innovative ways of teaching kids.”

At Benfer, Nale has led professional development, participated in several committees, launched an English as a Second Language (ESL) tutoring program, facilitated an ESL summer program, grown through Transformation Academy, served the English Language Learners (ELL) Guiding Coalition, and participated in the Strategic Planning Committee. Nale’s students are thriving because of her innovative mindset.

“She is the type of awesome teacher that teaches us what we need to be taught,” expressed Nale’s student, Whitley Colby. “She is nice and fun.”

Nale works with her students to see the bigger picture and how all the pieces fit together.

“I think one of the most important things I do for our kids is teach them to think about life, and I always tell them this is not about school, this is not about grades, this is not about a STAAR test, this is about life,” she said. “Everything that we do in our classroom, is preparing them to be successful adults in the future.”
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