Ms. Nau (formerly Larter)

Phone: 304-527-1410 x1807


Degrees and Certifications:

Masters, Mathematics Education, Marshall University BA, Mathematics Education, West Liberty University AP Statistics Certification Computer Science Essentials PLTW Certification Computer Science Principles PLTW Certification Faculty Senate Secretary

Ms. Nau (formerly Larter)

Hello, I am Ellen Nau and I returned to Brooke High School in 2017-2018 school year! I originally came to Brooke High in 2005 to teach mathematics and went to 7th grade at Wellsburg Middle School for the 2016-2017 school year.   An opportunity came to start a Computer Science program at Brooke High and since computer science is extremely important for the future of our students, I agreed to take on the task.  Our Computer Science program at Brooke High is in the infancy stage as I am learning with my students.  We are using a curriculum from Project Lead the Way that will take students from introduction to computer science all the way to cybersecurity with four courses.  

I am still teaching a few math classes at Brooke High as well. For the 2017-2018 school year I teach Transition Math for Seniors and Algebra 2.  I love mathematics and hope to instill life long learning through real-world mathematics problems. 

I graduated from Wheeling Central Catholic High School in 1979 and earned my BA in Mathematics education from West Liberty State College, now West Liberty University.  I earned my Masters in Mathematics education from Marshall University Graduate College. My teaching career began in Ohio County Schools at Warwood Middle School where I was lucky enough to take part in Project MERIT.  Project MERIT immersed middle school math teachers from all over the state in standards-based, problem-based learning for five years. This project taught teachers to utilize manipulatives, projects, reading across the curriculum, writing across the curriculum, differentitation as well as many different forms of assessment. I began teaching at Brooke High School in 2005.

Throughout the years I have been involved in many aspects of teaching from Math Counts competitions to Math Field Day competitions to after school tutoring and community projects.  I have been blessed to have been Teacher of the Year twice at Brooke High School, once at the county level and also once while teaching in Ohio County.  I like to try to engage students in the love of mathematics and have them see it everywhere.  I hope that by showing them the beauty of math that they will embrace it without fear. 

Personally, I raise Labrador Retrievers and have several that are in service to autistic children and adults.  A few of my personal dogs are certified therapy dogs and are AKC Good Citizens.  A couple of my dogs are American field Labs and compete in the sport of  Dockjumping.  I am also a trail runner and enjoy the outdoors.