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 is currently pursuing an MA in History from Sam Houston State University.
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.
Charis Nelson, also a homeschool alumna, is a distinguished figure in business and civil service, seamlessly merging her dedication to community with her professional aspirations. Growing up, Charis developed an early passion for leadership and public service by immersing herself in the Civil Air Patrol, Girl Scouts, and Texas Bluebonnet Girls State.
Charis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Baylor University, where she triple-minored in entrepreneurship, marketing, and criminal justice. Prior to attending Baylor, Charis was enrolled at Austin Community College (ACC) and interned in the 86th Texas Legislature, leading her to co-found the Government and Political Science Club at ACC. Once she transferred to Baylor, Charis became president of Baylor's largest student organization, the Residence Hall Association.
Charis spent fall 2021 in the Baylor in Washington Program, interning full-time at the U.S House of Representatives. Her dedication led to a post-graduation job as Staff Assistant in Washington DC. As a congressional staffer, Charis cherishes her position as office manager, internship coordinator, and tour coordinator.
Charis' passions are not limited to civil service. She runs a successful bakery, Pie’s Cookies™. As a small business owner, she blends her love for baking with entrepreneurial spirit, creating unique recipes that have become local favorites and showcasing the same dedication she brings to politics. Through every endeavor, Charis Nelson exemplifies a commitment to leadership, community, and the pursuit of excellence.