• Mrs. Mandy Rakic
    Name: Mandy Nelson
    Email: mmnelson@cps.k12.in.us
    Grade: 6th, 7th, and 8th
    Subject: Intense Learners Levels 1 and 2
    Phone:  663-2173 ext. 13229
     My Education:  I received my undergraduate degree from Ball State University in Special Education with a focus on Deaf Education and Mild Interventions.  While I was student teaching I decided that I wanted to focus more on students with more intense needs.  I continued at Ball State University where I received my graduate degree in special education with a focus in intense interventions.  I have since then taken many trainings to stay up to date on best practices and techniques.  
     My Experience:  My first three years of teaching I taught a high school class with students who had a hearing loss and an emotional disability at Indiana School for the Deaf.  I continued at Indiana School for the Deaf for 5 more years where I taught both middle school and high school, but in an intense intervention multiple disability classroom. I came across an incredible opportunity at the end of the 2015-2016 year to come and teach at Colonel John Wheeler Middle School in Crown Point, IN.  I just ended my second year at Colonel John Wheeler.  This year was an even better experience then my first year.  I was honored to be nominated as the Teacher of the Year this year, which was quite an honor.
    Personal Interests:  I love finding local walking and hiking trails to walk my dogs.  I volunteer during many events and different activities at my church.  I also volunteer at Lakeshore Paws in Valparaiso.  During the warmer months I enjoy golfing.  I also enjoy going to different outdoor festivals and local farmer's markets.
    Please feel to contact me at anytime.  I usually check my email throughout the day, but will always respond within 24 hours during the week, otherwise by Monday after the weekend.  I also will answer my phone while at school and will return calls within 24 hours during the week, otherwise by Monday after the weekend.