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Rachael Nilson Locker

Rachael Nilson

Ms. Rachael
Ms. Rachael
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Contact information

If you want to get a hold of me please email me at or call 344-5269 ext. 56736

I am also on classroom dojo. Download the app and register to be in the school loop and you can contact me directly!

About Me!

Students call me Ms. Rachael or Ms. Nilson. I teach special education. I have two bachelor's degrees in special education and elementary education from the University of New Mexico and masters degree in Education Leadership/Administration from New Mexico Highlands University. I taught at Atrisco Elementary for 4 years, had two babies back to back and stayed home with my children for a few years. I started at Mission Avenue Elementary last year. I have been with working with children in various ways for over a decade. I found my calling through teaching and hope to make a positive change in the community.


I love being outside and exploring the mountains. I learned to ski last year and fell in love!  I have two children that attend Mission Avenue. My son is in first grade and my daughter in the NM Pre K program. I love being a mom and teaching is my passion. I also enjoy physical fitness activities and sports like swimming, weight lifting and core/balance work. I am training to be a group fitness instructor for a high interval training class! Wish me luck!

My Personal Mission Statement

I will strive to be open minded, a life-long learner, grounded, confident, understanding, an active listener and real with others.

I will work hard to continue to be a positive person with grit and integrity and always lead my life with kindness.

I will push my physical body to its limits and persevere when I want to quit. My mind aims to be the best version of myself by learning from others and the world around me. I will reflect on how I can be a better person and show gratitude. I will live ethically and remain strong but know it is ok to be upset.

I will use my skills of being a hard worker, empathetic, positive, organized, insightful, a planner, and thoughtful to work towards my goals.

My mission is to be more self aware and conscious of others. I would like to inspire others from my small space in the world so others can feel empowered and positive, like a ripple in water.



English Language Arts: SPIRE reading program for Tier III interventions, iready/ready reading for grade level curricula

Mathematics: iready/ready math

Science/Social Studies: STEM (STEAM) Project Lead the Way, Project Based Learning Activities 

I will be incorporating extra body movement time, meditation and mindfulness activities throughout the day.

Current Assignments