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Scott Nelson (AL '98)


East Central Middle School
Hurley, MS

Subject(s) taught: 8th grade Science
Grade(s): 8

At the time of the Award, Scott Nelson was:

Baker High School
Mobile, AL

Subject(s) taught: Science
Grade(s): 7, 8

Biographical Information

As a Science teacher at Baker High School in Mobile, was selected by the Toyota International Teacher Program to spend two weeks in Japan studying their educational system and culture. He currently works with GAVRT (Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope), operating one of NASA's radio telescopes to remap the magnetic field of Jupiter, investigate the cloud features of Uranus, and search the outer limits of the universe for quasars and black holes. His exemplary instruction has earned him a Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Award (2001) and the Wernher von Braun Alabama Aerospace Teacher of the Year Award (2002).  In 2017, the University of South Alabama awarded him with the honor of top 50 Innovators in Education in 50 years of Education 1967-2017.  After 27 years, Scott retired from teaching in Alabama.  He now teaches 8th grade Science at East Central Middle School in Hurley, Mississippi (part of the Jackson County School District).  His Science Bowl team won the Mississippi State Championship in 2022 and will compete for a  National Championship.

Additional Information


1989 University of South Alabama, B.S. Biomedical Science

Masters of Education University of South Alabama 93’