• Ms. Theodora R. Nelson 

    Position: School Counselor 
    Degree(s): B.S. in Secondary Education Biology & M.S. in K-12 School Counseling

    Career Journey:

    Ms. Nelson - Biology
    I completed my undergraduate degree at California University of Pennsylvania in 1991. I began my career as a 7th-grade Life Science Teacher. As a high school Biology Teacher, I participated in the Pittsburgh Teacher's Institute, a collaboration between the Pittsburgh Public Schools, Chatham University, and Carnegie Mellon University. I also participated in multiple summer programs, RET (Research Experience for Teachers), at John Hopkins University (2000), Carnegie Mellon University (2002), and the University of Pittsburgh (2004). In 1994, I attended Duquesne University, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and earned a dual master's degree in Elementary and Secondary School Counseling. 
    In 2008, I moved to Arizona and embarked on my career in School Counseling. In 2013, I was awarded the A.C.T.E.A.Z. Counselor of the year. For nine years, I served as a School Counselor in a small suburban school district west of Phoenix and a large urban district east of Phoenix. At the end of the 2017-2018 school year, I decided to return to the classroom as a Secondary Biology Teacher. As a Teacher and Counselor, I facilitate academic lessons and interventions to increase student achievement and assist students with their goal of graduation and post-secondary pathway choices. I aim to develop collaborative relationships with the staff at Bostrom Alternative Center in support of the school's mission.

    Mission Statement

    Bostrom provides alternative learning opportunities for students to find success in a small school environment that focuses on academic achievement in reading, writing, and math as well as helping students develop appropriate social and interpersonal skills. Bostrom is structured and disciplined, with a concentrated focus on academic success and social/emotional well-being for at-risk students.

    Contact Information

    Office Hours: 7:00 am to 7:30 am or 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm