It's time to introduce you to Chase Nelson, our web project manager and an all-around inspirational colleague. A former implementation manager and business analyst for Workforce Logic, Chase has graced our office with his impressive efficiency and positive attitude for almost two years now. But his aptitude for the education sector goes beyond the nonprofit world: He spent a few years teaching English in Florence, Italy, and before that, researching cognitive psychology at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.
What inspires you about the GreatSchools mission?
Chase: Our focus on a child's parents — and by extension, his whole household and community. These support systems determine his perspective on school and his ability to succeed, as well as how to engage in academics, navigate challenging assignments, and bounce back from poor grades.
I'm also excited by how we deliver on our mission! With the web, we have the opportunity to connect with parents in very innovative ways. As the next generation of moms and dads will have been Internet-savvy most their lives, our parent engagement will continue to grow while we dream up new ways to have a positive impact on their children's education.
Who in your childhood most inspired your love of learning?
Chase: That's easy. It was certainly my mom. She made learning and creativity a part of everything that happened in our household. Our video games were always educational — to stretch our minds and expand our knowledge. Instead of fighting over Gameboys on road trips, we held flashcard competitions for math and vocabulary. But my mom always tried to make these activities fun, and she usually succeeded.
My mom was always very engaged in what we were learning. When we took French lessons, she learned French as well. By doing this, she modeled effective study skills and spoke the language with us at home. When we learned musical instruments, she signed up for her own lessons! She helped create, instill, and sustain excitement about whatever we were learning.
What’s the best parenting advice you've heard?
Chase: Although I am not yet a parent, I've heard a few good tips that I'll keep in my mind when the time comes:
- Be caring, supportive, and flexible.
- Being a parent will teach you more than any other experience, so be willing and ready to learn.
- Parenthood will bring you joy — thanks to those first smiles, words, and steps — but it also requires a significant amount of work and responsibility.
With great power comes great responsibility?
Chase: Yes! Parent responsibly.