Phyrne Nelsen

Food Service and Custodial Assistant

Began at Teachwell:


What did you think you were going to be when you grew up?


What or who most inspires you?

Anyone who takes on what they have to do, because it will lead to doing what they want to do.

Why Teachwell?

I was asked to come in by a friend who says it's a great environment.

What are you proudest of?

Knowing that I am leaving places behind that will be nice for the next people.

How do you hope to make a difference?

I like meeting and talking to people, and I hope that at least, when someone needs a reason to smile, I can give them one.

What lessons has your work life taught you?

People have more similarities than they have differences, and working together benefits everyone in some way.

What is your background? Experience, degrees, skills, etc.?

I took on a custodial position at Augustana University in order to fulfill my bachelor's degree in psychology, sociology, and creative writing, and I am currently pursuing a master's degree in creative writing.

People would be surprised to know that I . . .

am working on a novel for my thesis, that I hope to have published in the near future. In addition, I help others who write as a proofreader and editor, and I have two other projects (a book of short stories and a book of poetry) in the works as well.