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Nancy Chesley was an elementary teacher for 26 years and a K-5 science and literacy specialist for six years. She won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Elementary Science Teaching in 2000 and the Milken Foundation National Distinguished Educator Award in 2002.
Nancy received her bachelor's and master's degrees in education from the University of Southern Maine. She says she wanted to become a teacher because she enjoyed her own elementary education experience and working with children. She explains that she enjoys teaching because of the opportunity to encourage children to seek, find, and consider multiple options and solutions when facing challenges in reading, math, and science, and supporting them as they become increasingly confident in their own abilities as learners.