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The Nelson Family


Meet the Nelson family and hear Mrs. Nelson's journey from preschool mom to faithful preschool teacher:

My name is Sheli Nelson.  I am a Pre-k teacher at BCS.  I have been teaching here for two and a half years.  My family consists of my husband of 25 years, Rex, my son, Brett (20) and my son, Jared (17).  As I reflect on my faith journey, I am reminded the way God tends to catch our attention in many different ways.  God caught my attention years ago through my then 3 year-old eldest son.  In 2000, I met a woman and her young daughter at a local park.  This woman invited me to attend a Mother’s of Preschoolers (MOPS) meeting.  I was not sure what to expect and I was hesitant because I had minimal knowledge of God, but I was open to meeting new people with small children.   The next week, I put on my brave pants and decided to attend.  The meeting went well and my son, Brett had a wonderful time.  Week after week, we attended this amazing group.  During this time, I had no idea that God was working on me and my son.  

After every meeting, Brett would come home and ask questions about God.  Questions I did not know how to answer, like: “Who is Jesus?”, “Why did Jesus die on the cross?”, Why do we not pray?” and “Can we go to church?”. These questions were being placed on my heart at the same time, but I pushed them aside.  My son, however, was not as easily satisfied.  My curiosity and desire to answer my son’s questions sparked my husband and I to find answers. The process of finding answers began with the journey of searching for a church that could help us learn and grow.  In 2002, our family found a church home at Monument Presbyterian Church.  On May 18, 2003 our family was baptized into the kingdom of God.  It was one of the best days of my life. As I reflect on my life before becoming a believer in Jesus, I can see how God orchestrated my journey all the way back to my childhood.  He did this by bringing people into my life that planted many seeds of faith in me.  But it wasn’t until God caught my attention through my 3 year old son’s child-like curiosity that I professed my own faith in Christ as an adult.  I praise God for this gift every day!   
“We are called to a have child-like faith.”  Mark 10:15

Thank you to the Nelsons for sharing their journey and to Mrs. Nelson for being a special part of the Bookcliff family and faithfully teaching our children!  


I can’t begin to thank my daughters teachers and staff at Bookcliff enough for all of the care and encouragement they have giving her this year. As a parent with a child who had not been in daycare or in anyone’s care other than her grandmothers it was terrifying for me to leave her at first. She has grown so much over the last year and I am so thankful my husband and I made the decision to take her to Bookcliff.

24 April 2018

Yes, we would recommend BCS to others! Children receive the utmost attention and care, and parents are valued members of the education team.

22 March 2018

Yes we would reccomend BCS to others! #1 security #2 faith based learning #3 small class size

22 March 2018

We are extremely happy with the learning & teaching, friendly staff, and the lessons are daughter is learning.

22 March 2018

The whole staff has made us feel so welcomed and we love that is such a Christ centered facility. We looked for a long time for a place that will nurture our child in not only emotional but spiritually.

22 March 2018

This is our second year at BCS and my daughter loves every single teacher here! I have been amazed at all the skills and knowledge she has picked up at BCS. We have tried other preschools in the valley and no one compares. BCS offers so much more than we found anywhere else. It is always clean, the teachers are always genuinely happy and pleasant, and they cultivate a happy positive atmosphere that my daughter is thriving in.

10 January 2018

The teachers and staff at BCPS have been so incredible, I couldn’t be happier with the school. Thanks for another great year and we are looking forward to next year!

Current Parent
22 November 2016

The Pre-K class is great!

Current Parent
19 November 2016

BCS is a terrific school and preschool, I will always recommend BCS to everyone!

Current Parent
16 November 2016

Family atmosphere, positive teachers, positive office staff. I like that the doors are locked and I feel my child is in a safe environment.

Current Parent
11 November 2016

The BCS curriculum, communications home, and the family atmosphere are amazing to see!

Current Parent
8 November 2016

I love how Christ Centered the education has been. My kiddo is excited about learning about the Lord.

Current Parent
3 November 2016

I like the friendly staff, great education and variety of education (ie arts, music and play.)

Current Parent
31 October 2016

BCS has a family atmosphere, energetic & reliable staff, knowledgeable, loving, safe and easy to communicate with.

Current Parent
28 October 2016

I love pretty much everything about BCS: love the staff, curriculum and price.

Current Parent
25 October 2016

I love that the Bible is included in the classroom. I love the teachers and how much they care about my kiddo. I like the hours that are provided, for school/daycare.

Current Parent
19 October 2016

We appreciate the smaller, more intimate environment; the extremely friendly and loving staff; and great teachers. BCS is very organized, safe and overall fantastic set-up.

Current Parent
14 October 2016

BCS is a great Christ-centered learning environment; very encouraging and a safe place my son can grow mentally and spiritually.

Current Parent
10 October 2016

We love the teachers and staff. It feels like a family. My kids love coming to school and I like that the school is locked.

Current Parent
5 October 2016

BCS has loving teachers, consistent teaching of kindness, manners and obedience.

Current Parent
27 September 2016

We appreciate the Christ-centered, family-like environment, safe and caring classrooms.

Current Parent
24 September 2016

We love the science fair, G.A.T.E., music program, structure, faith- based teaching, & high expectations for children.

Current Parent
22 September 2016

Both our children attended. I never worried about their safety. Their staff are quality people.

Current Parent
19 September 2016

I like how attentive everyone is and how personable. I like the security measures taken to keep kids safe.

Current Parent
12 September 2016

We are overwhelmed at the change in our son due to all of you! We love you all and appreciate your love, kindness, understanding, and support! We do not see a better place for a child to be than BCS!

the Hardricks
7 September 2016

Going to BCS gave me a very firm standing in my Christian faith. The teachers there were able to show me Christ in ways that have remained with me through my adolescence and that I plan to carry on into adulthood as well. Spending time with strong Christians at such a formidable age helped me become the person I am today.

16 October 2016

I am so thankful my parents were able to send me to a Christian school with such loving and caring staff and teachers. It was a different transition from public to private school. I can’t say I didn’t make mistakes, but through God’s grace I made it through high school still wanting to go to church and not straying away from God’s plans for me. Which makes BCS’s motto verse, Proverbs 22:6, perfect: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old he will NOT depart from it.” Thank you teachers, staff, and friends of BCS!

18 October 2016

During my time at BCS, I was able to form close, lifelong relationships with many people. BCS instilled in me positive values that have served me well in my jobs, high school, and college career. Most importantly, however, BCS gave me a solid foundation in Christian values and knowledge that has blossomed into a passionate relationship with Jesus—and I will always be thankful for that

21 November 2016