Meet Mr. Nelson
I am excited for the 2021-2022 school year. I am a graduate of the College of William and Mary for both my B.A. in Government and M.Ed. in Secondary Education. After graduating from college, I worked for a DC law firm but eventually found my calling in education. In 1994, my wife and I moved to NC and I began teaching 8th grade Social Studies. The curriculum then was focused on NC History and, as a Virginian, I had quite a bit of state history to learn after Sir Walter Raleigh and the Wright Brothers. After 11 years of teaching 8th grade and History Bowl teams, I joined the NC Department of Public Instruction as a Middle Grades Social Studies Consultant. Although working at NCDPI was professionally rewarding, I missed the daily interaction with students. Since returning in 2008, I have taught 6-7-8th grades Language Arts and Social Studies. My wife and I have four daughters including a college graduate, a rising senior, and our twins are leaving home to attend college this fall. Our focus has been on them and I understand the challenges of balancing academics with family life and after-school activities. Personally, I enjoy jogging, live music, Civil War battlefield visits, and Tarheel basketball.