Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Nelson
By: Lillian Blackmon
Andrew Parker Nelson is the newest member of the LFHS faculty.Mr.Nelson participated in football, baseball, and track at Cleveland High School. After graduating in 2007, he attended Auburn University. He describes high school and college as a rewarding experience that shaped his character and integrity. Mr.Nelson’s most influential teacher in school was his health teacher, Coach Godfrey. Godfrey’s ability to make anyone smile, no matter the situation, was especially inspiring for Mr.Nelson.
Inspired by a family tree full of educators, Mr.Nelson wants to live up to his grandfather’s standards of giving equal opportunity in the classroom. He seeks to touch the life of every child that walks through his classroom door. Mr.Nelson uses the Future Farmers of America’s (FFA) motto to guild not only his classroom but his own life, “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.” He started his teaching career at McAdory High School. Coming back to Blount County was his incentive to work at Locust Fork High School. Mr.Nelson teaches Agri Science and runs the FFA. He is hoping to raise membership in the FFA but predominantly teach members to serve others and treat others with respect. He also is baseball coach for the Hornets and hopes to lead to a victorious season. His desire to influence others positively seems to be a very predominant part of his teaching methods as well as his life.
In Mr.Nelson’s free time, he enjoys riding horses, fishing and camping. He has been parasailing over the ocean which he considers his craziest experience. Mr.Nelson also expresses the Grand Canyon as a spectacular attraction and the best place to vacation. When it comes to his job, his favorite activity is taking his students into the shop for hands on learning experience. If he hadn’t become a teacher, he would have pursued a career in engineering. After retiring he hopes to open a rehabilitation horse riding ranch. Nelson is extremely driven in his goal to not only teach but motivate the lives of others. To say Mr. Nelson is a great addition to the Locust Fork staff would be an understatement, and it’s a honor to have him join LFHS.