Michael Oates Teacher of Promise award winner Sarah Nelson (right) with Dr. Linda Quinn Allen, associate profession in the Department of World Language and Cultures at the School of Education at Iowa State University. (Submitted photo)
Michael Oates Teacher of Promise award winner Sarah Nelson (right) with Dr. Linda Quinn Allen, associate profession in the Department of World Language and Cultures at the School of Education at Iowa State University. (Submitted photo)
Decorah native Sarah Nelson, a modern language teacher at Southview and Northview middle schools in Ankeny, recently received the Michael Oates Teacher of Promise Award at the Iowa World Language Association's conference earlier this month.

The award is given to teachers who "show great promise, passion and talent for teaching world languages in their first two years of the profession."

In addition to the award, she received $100 toward classroom supplies and a paid conference registration for next year's conference.

"On behalf of Ankeny Schools, I would like to congratulate Sarah Nelson; we are very proud of her and pleased she is part of our district," said Ankeny Superintendent Dr. Bruce Kimpston.

"Sarah's passion for teaching and creativity will certainly benefit her students and help them to learn and achieve at high levels."

Nelson said, "I appreciate the mentors who have helped me turn my passion to become a Spanish teacher into a reality. Launching my teaching career in the Ankeny School District has been a rewarding experience boosted by the positive support of so many of my colleagues."

The daughter of Andy and Nancy Nelson of Decorah, Sarah is a graduate of both Decorah High School and Iowa State University.

For more information on Nelson's award, visit: ankeny.schoolfusion.us/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=303793&sessionid