Knitting Needles

About Us

Nichelle Nelson is a veteran homeschool mom with 25 years of experience. She was an Air Force brat, an Air Force wife, and is now an Air Force mom. She and her husband spent 12 years living overseas in Europe and Asia. She and her husband successfully homeschooled three of their children from birth to Baylor University and beyond.

Nichelle holds an AA in History from Austin Community College where she was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She was a member of the Golden Key Honor Society and graduated summa cum laude with a BA in History from Huston-Tillotson University, an HBCU in the heart of Austin. She holds an MS Ed in Multicultural Studies with an emphasis in Social Justice from the University of Houston - Clear Lake.

She brings to her virtual classroom her unique perspective on the lives of other cultures. She has a passion for teaching critical thinking and research skills through the study of history and utilizing project-based learning and educational technology.
   
Brandice Nelson is a homeschool alumna.  As a teenager, history was her passion.  She was a state finalist in the National History Day competition. She earned her BA in History and MA in Museum Studies from Baylor University.
While in graduate school, she interned in Washington, DC at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture and received special funding from the Smithsonian Minority Awards Program. She has both curated and assisted with exhibits that have been featured in the Dr. Pepper Museum (Waco, TX), Fort House-Historic Waco Foundation (Waco, TX), the Witte Museum (San Antonio, TX), the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum (College Station, TX), and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum (Austin, TX).  Her philanthropic pursuits include holding leadership positions in the Junior League of Austin, Austin Young Nonprofit Professionals, Austin Young Chamber, and serves on the board of directors for Camp Agape, a grief support camp for bereaved children.      
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Charis Nelson, also a homeschool alumna is pursuing her BA at Baylor University in Political Science, Pre-Law with minors in Criminal Justice, Marketing, and Business Entrepreneurship.  She spent the Fall 2021 semester in Washington, DC, interning at the United States Capitol. 
In 2013, she and her team placed 2nd in the nation, and in 2015 Best in State for the National History Day competition.  She was elected as Lieutenant Governor in the 2017 Texas Bluebonnet Girls State.  In 2018, she earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, making her a GSCTX Precious Medals recipient for having earned Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals during her Girl Scout career.  Her project was the coordination of a teen business symposium.  In 2019, she served an internship in the Texas state legislature.  She was a founding member of the Government and Political Science Club at Austin Community College.  She is past President of the Baylor University Residence Hall Association and is currently serving as an intern in the United States Congress.  
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