Phone: (360) 370-7126
Degrees and Certifications:
BA Whitworth College 1983 MA Eastern Washington University 1989 120+ additional credits beyond my Masters.
Mr. Gerald "Cart" Nelsen
The thing I am most proud of is my wife and family because they give me love, strength, and support. I have been married to Krystn since 8/4/84 and we have three daughters. My oldest daughter Danya is married to a Navy pilot Andrew and they live in Anacortes. My middle daughter Kiah is a nurse at Seattle Children's Hospital. Tenley is a student at Friday Harbor High School and she loves to swim. She is the first daughter to be in a school where I teach and I love having her in my band. This is my 34th year of teaching and it has been quite a voyage to get here.
Valier, Montana 1983-85 Got married, learned that I liked to teach middle school and I was good at it.
Riverside Middle School, Chattaroy Washington 1985-91 Started my family, learned more about my craft and earned my MA of Music Education from Eastern Washington University.
Pacific Junior High and Frontier Junior High/Middle School, Evergreen School District, Vancouver, Washington 1991-2011 Tenley was born, remodeled a house three times, built huge winning bands, opened a new school, won several middle school football and wrestling titles and WORKED TOO MUCH!
Tekoa and Rosalia, Washington 2011-15 Drove 90 miles a day through the Palouse, needed to recharge and get back to my small town roots.
Friday Harbor, Washington 2015 to present. This is the best fit for my family and I hope to finish my career here.