LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Nick Wellington

Position: Fifth Grade Teacher
School: Kennedy Elementary School
School District: USD 353 - Wellington Public Schools
City, State: Wellington, KS

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Nick Wellington was nominated by his colleague, Karen Herrington.

Mr. Wellington has a passion for teaching, and he has so much patience and kindness. This year, he has many students with behavioral challenges. When dealing with behavior issues, he never loses his cool. Instead, he talks through each problem with students. Trying to deal with behavioral issues while teaching his other students is very challenging every day. On top of that, this is his first year teaching the new Summit curriculum, and he does so with a smile on his face.  He makes teaching fun with many project-based assignments.  Mr. Wellington also has a wonderful sense of humor!

Comments (7)

Daphne Adams Posted over a year ago

Mr. Wellington is able to build great relationships with some of our most difficult kids. He provides a positive male role model that many of our kids need. He is a valuable member of our GEI team and offers support to all of his colleagues. Mr. Wellington is a great asset to our staff at Kennedy!

Paula Edwards Posted over a year ago

Mr. Wellington has been great to work with at Kennedy. He is always willing to help whenever or wherever he is needed in our building. Nick is great with all students, but especially the kiddos with severe behaviors. He builds positive relationships with his students that carry on long after they leave Kennedy. He is very deserving of this award.

Gillian Macias Posted over a year ago

Mr. Wellington is a crucial part of our Kennedy team. Mr. Wellington has dealt with the most challenging student behavior over the past two years, and does so with a great amount of patience and respect for the students. Mr. Wellington has created a collaborative classroom environment, in which he consistently encourages students to advocate for their needs, to ensure maximum student success, both academically and behaviorally. Mr. Wellington has an incredible sense of humor, and is always willing to assist colleagues any way he can. He is very dependable, and is often utilized by staff and in the absence of the building principal to assist with student behavior. Mr. Wellington has strived this year to incorporate project-based learning into his classroom, and it has made a tremendous difference in the positive engagement of some of the most academically struggling students. Mr. Wellington is a very positive male role model for our students, and is an essential part of Kennedy Elementary School.

Kathy Ford Posted over a year ago

Nick is such an asset to our Kennedy staff. Many of our students don't have a positive male role model in their lives and Nick really steps up. I have seen him grow from a beginning teacher to now an experienced educator. I am so glad he has been nominated for this life changer award.

Beverly Sellers Posted over a year ago

As Nick's co-teacher I have been impressed with his relationship building skills, and how he relates concepts to his students. He has had a challenging class this year and I have noticed how the student's have grown educationally and motivationally under his leadership. I have enjoyed teaching with him and feel he has been a great addition tho the fifth grade team.

Kristee Bernd Posted over a year ago

Nick really steps up whenever we need him. He is there to help us with difficult situations or to just lend an ear. He makes sure his students know his expectations both in and out of the classroom. Nick is a valuable part of our team.

DEB STARKEY Posted over a year ago

He is a wonderful teacher! Very happy he was nominated!!