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Dr.  Georgina  Pipes  Nelson
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Hello!  My name is Dr. Nelson and I am the principal at Heritage Elementary School. I was raised in Madison County and am a graduate of Buckhorn High School (Go Bucks!). I currently live in Madison with my husband Patrick, my bonus sons Nathan and Andrew, and my twin girls, Arabella and Kaitlyn. Patrick is an attorney for the US Army and works on Redstone Arsenal. Nathan is currently attending school at Auburn University majoring in Kinesiology and Andrew just completed Basic and AIT training in the Army. Arabella and Kailtyn are currently Kindergarten students here at Heritage.

I attended The University of Alabama for my B.S., Ed.S., and Ph.D. degrees.  While in Tuscaloosa for my undergraduate studies I also marched in the Million Dollar Band, which was an awesome opportunity. As you can imagine we are avid Alabama fans and we enjoy tailgating and attending many football games.  However, we also have to appreciate Auburn University, as our oldest son, Nathan, and our money are attending there!

We are active members of Holmes Street United Methodist Church in Huntsville.  My main leadership roles at HSUMC are leading worship as a member of our praise band, director of the children’s choir, and leader of Financial Peace University. Since the birth of our twins, I have been very involved in the Huntsville Area Mothers of Multiples (HAMOM) group and enjoy the fellowship I have with fellow MoMs. 

Professionally I am involved with numerous organizations such as The International Reading Association, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Council of Leaders in Alabama Schools, and the Alabama Reading Association were I have served as past president.  During my spare time I enjoy cheering for Alabama football, going to the beach and/or mountains, day trips with my family, reading, cooking with my husband, going to the movies, and generally, just spending time with my family.   

I am very honored to serve as principal of Heritage Elementary School. I love working within the community where we live and raise our family. It is a joy to work daily with our staff and parents as we work together to meet the learning needs of all of our students.  

 

Education: 

Ph.D., The University of Alabama, May 2004

Elementary Education 

Major: Literacy Education   Minor: Education Research

Dissertation Title: What are They Really Doing? A Mixed-Methodology Inquiry into the Multi-Faceted Role of the Elementary School Reading Specialist

Ed.S., The University of Alabama, May 2000

Elementary Education           

M.Ed., Alabama A & M University, July 1995

Elementary Education           

B.S., The University of Alabama, May 1990

Major: Human Resource Management   Minor: Computer Information Systems

Additional Coursework

Reading Specialist Certification, The University of Alabama, Huntsville (2000)

Education Administration, The University of Alabama (2008)

 

EXPERIENCE

Principal  - Heritage Elementary School

     July 2013 - Present

Assistant Principal - Madison Elementary School

August 2012 – June 2013

Director of Professional Learning - The Alabama Best Practices Center

January 2012 – August 2012

Regional Coordinator/Regional Coach - Alabama Reading Initiative

August 2007 – August 2011

Education Administrator for Reading Coaches - Alabama State Department of Education

August 2004 – August 2007 

Regional Reading Coach – Alabama Reading Initiative

August 2002 – August 2004

Reading Specialist – Grades 5 through 9

Discovery Middle School (Madison City Schools)

2000 – 2002

Classroom Teacher

Discovery Middle School (Madison City Schools)

1997 – 2000

Title I After-School Tutoring Coordinator

 Riverton Middle School (Madison County Schools)

 1996 – 1997           

Title I Instructor

Reading & Math

Madison County Schools

1995 – 1997                           

TEACHER EDUCATION EXPERIENCE

Adjunct Faculty – Graduate and Undergraduate Literacy Courses

            The University of Alabama, Huntsville

            2009 - present

Adjunct Faculty – Graduate Literacy Courses

            The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

            2004 - 2009

Adjunct Professor – Undergraduate Literacy Courses

            Athens State University

            2002 – 2004