• Ms. Theodora R. Nelson 

    Subjects / Classes: Biology 1-2
    Degree(s): B.S. in Secondary Education Biology & M.S. in Elementary and Secondary 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 upon 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, assist students with their goal of graduation, and post-secondary pathway choices. I aim to develop collaborative relationships with the staff of Betty Fairfax High School in support of the school mission.

    B.F.H.S. Mission Statement

    We inspire students to show compassion to others through service.
    We challenge students to pursue academic rigor and excellence. 
    We prepare students for college, career, and life. 
    We educate students for a better world.

    Contact Information

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

    602-764-9000 (Ext. 49162)
    Room #3134