Nix Chosen to Lead McMurry/AISD Fifth Grade Math/Science Magnet Class

Nix Chosen to Lead McMurry/AISD Fifth Grade Math/Science Magnet Class

By Gary Ellison, Associate Director of Communications - McMurry University

 

 

 

Todd Nix has been chosen by the Abilene Independent School District as McMurry University’s Fifth Grade Math/Science Magnet Class teacher for the 2015-16 academic year. He takes over for Sharlyn Bammel, who retired after leading the program, nicknamed the McMagnets, for its first six years.The Math/Science Magnet Class opened in fall 2008 as a cooperative effort with Abilene Independent School District. McMurry provides the space and a {{more}} curriculum, written by McMurry faculty in conjunction with AISD.Nix previously taught fifth grade science at Allie Ward Elementary since 2010 and also has taught fourth grade language arts. He graduated from Hardin-Simmons University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in reading, English and Language Arts and earned a master of education degree from Lamar University.He also has received his principal certification and has served on numerous AISD committees during his tenure at Allie Ward.The Magnet School offers students the opportunity to study on a college campus. Each student is provided with a tablet PC for in-class use. The classroom is also equipped with an interactive promethean board that takes the place of the traditional classroom chalkboard. The Magnet School teaches all subjects that are part of the normal fifth grade curriculum, yet these subjects are taught with a focus on the mathematical and scientific aspects. The students also enjoy many other aspects of the McMurry campus. The 24 students are selected through a drawing from those nominated each year from the elementary schools across Abilene for their commitment to learning.