English Language Learners Teacher
Peggy L. Nolte, Ed. D., was born in Atwater, California, the third of four children. Her father was a veterinarian and her mother was a nurse. Her father's career as a Lt. Col. in the Air Force provided many opportunities for travel. She lived in California, Georgia, Canada, Michigan, Indiana and Arkansas, before moving to Nashville. Dr. Nolte believes all children can learn when given the right tools and opportunities. She considers herself a lifelong learner and strives to instill in her students the joy of learning.
She earned a B.S. degree in Elementary Education with an Endorsement in Learning Disabilities (K-12) at Valparaiso, University in Indiana and a Master's degree in Special Education from the University of Arkansas. Peggy's other endorsements include Early Childhood, Gifted Education, Administration, and English as a Second Language. She completed her Doctoral Degree in Professional Practice and Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University. Peggy is an adjunct professor of education at Aquinas College here in Nashville. She inspires her students by example in helping them appreciate literacy and its uses in the classroom.
Peggy has taught thirty-nine years in both private and public schools, from pre-k through 6th grade. She also has experience in Special Education. She was one of five finalists for Junior Achievement's Teacher of the Year in 2005. In 2009, Junior Achievement honored her with the Teacher of the Year award for Middle Tennessee. In 2012, she was voted Teacher of the Year by her faculty at Westmeade Elementary. Peggy is a COMP trainer and TEAM trainer and earned the highest level on Tennessee’s Career ladder. She has participated in reading and behavior pilot programs and assisted Vanderbilt University, Aquinas College, Trevecca University, and Belmont University as a mentor for student teachers. She served on the Board of Education at Saint Henry Catholic School for four years where she taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. She spent ten years as a Girl Scout volunteer. When Peggy is not at school, she enjoys spending time with her family.