Phone: (731) 215-2462


Degrees and Certifications:

Education: *45 hours above Master's in Administration/Supervision from the University of Memphis *Master's in Education from the University of Memphis *B.S. degree in Health & Physical Education from Freed-Hardeman University

Mr. Scott Nelson

Welcome to South Elementary!


I am Scott Nelson, Principal of South Elementary. I am married and my wife Gina is a teacher at Madison Academic High School. We have a daughter, Natalie, who is a graduate of Freed-Hardeman University. She is married to my son-in-law, Amos, and they have a little one named Brewer. Brewer keeps us running! They live in Tampa, Florida.

I look forward to getting to know you and your family this year. Please let me know how I can be of assistance to you and your child.



*2010 - Present    Principal of South Elementary

*2008 - 2010        Adjunct Teacher for Lambuth University

*1998 - 2004        Adjunct Teacher for University of Memphis 

*1989 - 2010        Physical Education Teacher at Nova Elementary


Awards/ Accomplishments/ Training:

*2017 Graduate of NISSL Executive Leadership Development Program

*2010 Teacher of the Year for the Jackson-Madison County School System

*Southwest Region Teacher of the Year

*One of the nine finalists for Tennessee Teacher of the Year

*Career Ladder 3 Teacher

*Leadership Academy for Aspiring Leaders

*Beginning Principals Academy

*NISL Executive Leadership Program

*NISL Instructional Leadership Academy

*NISL Special Education Leadership Academy

*Integrated Leadership Training

*Attended LEAD Conference

*TEAM Evaluation Training

*Common Core Math Training

*Common Core RLA Training

*Selected by the Tennessee Department of Education to serve as a Demonstration School Resource Center Teacher

*Attended NAESP & ASCD National Principal's Conferences

*Common Core Leadership 101 & 202 Training

*Spring 2015 Leadership Training

*TNCore Leadership Training

*RT12 Training