Knitting Needles

About Us

Nichelle Nelson is a veteran homeschool mom with 25 years of experience.  She and her husband successfully launched three of their children from homeschool to Baylor University. 
Nichelle has 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 is currently pursuing an MS in Multicultural Studies in Education from the University of Houston - Clear Lake. 
She was an Air Force brat, Air Force wife, and an Air Force mom.  She hand her husband spent 12 years living overseas in Europe and Asia.  She brings to the classroom her unique perspective on the lives of other cultures.    
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). She served as the Heart of Texas regional affiliate coordinator for Texas History Day, and has judged multiple categories at every level of competition preceding National History Day.
She has served as the Curator of the Map Collection for the Texas General Land Office.  She is now serves on the executive staff of National History Day as the Director of Engagement.  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.  For the Fall 2021 semester, she will be 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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