“You ladies are amazing! You manage to command respect and attention from a dozen 3 year olds while still keeping the space friendly, fun, and educational! Our daughter loves you.”

Amy Dutton, self-employed

Krystal Nelson
BA Education, BA Human Development and Family Sciences

Teacher/Child Ratio: 1:9
Maximum Class Size: 16
Ages of Children: 2 1/2 – 4 years

Personal Background:

Previously, I worked with Infants and Toddlers at the Nike World Head Quarters Child Development Center. I have a BA in Education and a BA in Human Development and Family Sciences from Oregon State University. This is my eighth year at North Wall.  My husband Brian and I were married in 2009, and we have two children of our own, Parker and Charlotte.  I enjoy going to the movies and spending time with my family. Teaching at North Wall is enjoyable for me because I love the relationships I form with my students and their families.

Teaching Philosophy:

It is important to me that the children in my classroom feel safe, respected, and loved. Every child learns at their own pace and in their own learning style. It is my job to make sure that all of the children feel confident in their skills and abilities and will be encouraged to become independent thinkers and doers. I will give them the encouragement and the tools they need to be successful learners. It is amazing how capable children are at a young age when given the opportunity.

Goals for the Class:

  • To show each child they are loved, special and important
  • To provide various materials and activities which facilitate multi-sensory experiences
  • To foster a caring environment filled with unconditional love and acceptance
  • To plan learning experiences for physical, social, emotional, creative, and cognitive growth
  • To work as a team with each child’s family and encourage continued learning at home

Class Schedule:

8:00 – Arrival and exploration, snack

8:45 – Outdoor time

9:00 – Circle

9:15 – Morning Learning Centers (language, math, art, science, social studies)

10:30 Outdoor Time/PE

11:00 – Music and movement, show and share

11:15 – Grace and Lunch

12:00 – Restroom reminders, toothbrushing, quiet time

12:30 – Nap/rest time

2:30 – Snack

3:00 – Afternoon Learning Centers (language, math, art, science, social studies)

3:45 – Outdoor Time

4:30 – Closing activities, snack

5:00 – Close of school