Mr. Nelson grew up in Burnsville, Minnesota but graduated from Apple Valley High School. After high school, he attended Minnesota State University of Mankato and graduated with a degree in K-12 School Health. In 1997 he accepted his first long call reserve teaching position at Hopkins High School, followed by a year of part time teaching at Eastview High School in 1998. In 1999 he joined the staff of Kennedy High School as a Health Teacher.
Originally a Health and Character Education teacher, Mr. Nelson has transitioned into a teacher support role for classroom technology. Much of his time is still dedicated to playing and coaching volleyball.