2019- 100/0- Outstanding Mountie Award- Nicole Watson

It’s a simple phrase. But it’s one that Northwest Early Elementary teacher Nicole Watson uses quite often. So it’s only fitting that she gave it as an answer when asked what the name of her autobiography would be.
“Welcome Friends.”
“It's a saying I use quite often in my classroom,” Watson said. “I also really enjoy doing random acts of kindness, especially when others need some sunshine in their lives.”
Watson has been bringing some sunshine to Northwest students for five years and is currently in her 10th year in education. She teaches first grade at Northwest Early Elementary and was named a 2018-19 100/0 Award winner. The 100/0 Award goes to an educator who consistently exemplifies what it means to give 100 percent to his or her students without expecting anything in return.
Ask Watson what three character traits define her and she’ll answer: “Loyal, caring and outgoing.”
But look at her answers to the following questions and you’ll see that she strongly values persistence and perseverance:
If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? Why?
“I would choose Moana, She's persistent, stands up for what she believes in, and is adventurous.”
If you could meet anyone living or dead, who would you meet? Why?
“I'd love to meet Helen Keller. Her ability to stay motivated through adversity is admirable. I think her insight would really make an impact with children today.”
What advice do you have for kids struggling in school?
“One of my favorite children's books is ‘Giraffes Can't Dance.’ Gerald, the main character, thought he just couldn't dance. He found a good friend that taught him he couldn't dance YET! Once Gerald found the right song, he had great moves. For students, don't give up! You just haven't gotten it YET!”
Here are five more things about Nicole Watson:
Her favorite thing about working in Northwest Community Schools: “I love the positive culture and community. I have so much pride, working in an environment where everyone comes together to support each other.”• Has she had a defining moment – an event or interaction with a student – that stands out?When a parent thanks me for making a difference in their child's life, it's all worth it!
If she could learn to do anything: “I have always wanted to learn to play the ukulele, so I could become the next Dr. Jean and make up songs for my students. I find that music really makes learning stick.”
How she defines success? “Chasing my dreams to the best of my ability.”
Ten years ago, where did you think you would be now? “Exactly where I am!”