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Welcome to Dr. Nelson's Home Page

A little background on Dr. Nelson


Hello, I am Dr. Dave Nelson and I teach AP Psychology, Psychology and am the Student Council Advisor.

I am an Original Arizona Native. I was born here in Phoenix but I was raised in the White Mountains in the beautiful Ponderosa pined town of Show Low, Arizona.  I served in the US Army and I received my undergraduate degree from Arizona State University (GO DEVILS!)I I obtained my Masters of Arts in Education from the University of Phoenix. In addition, I earned my Doctorate in Psychology & Organizational Leadership & Management  at the University of the Rockies.

The inspiration to learn, to investigate the world as it unfolds, is something that I have always had a passion for and I hope to instill in my students.  My philosophy of education is based on the tenet that FAILURE IS AN OPTION; I believe mistakes are an invaluable part of learning. Education often is not linear. It is through the process of recursive inquiry — observation, exploration, analysis, and evaluation — that meaningful learning takes place. That’s one of the gifts of being human; we can make mistakes, or learn something new, and then make a change for the better.

I also believe that a teacher is morally obligated to enter the classroom with only the highest of expectations for each and every one of their students. Thus, the teacher maximizes the positive benefits that naturally come along with any self-fulfilling prophecy. With dedication, perseverance, and hard work, all students will rise to the occasion.

So this leads me to my Classroom expectations (which are non-negotiable).

1. You come to take risks and participate. Your mind is not an empty vessel waiting to be filled. Each of you bring your own particular brand of Genius to my classroom, we are here to discover and empower that Genius.

2. We will treat everyone with respect and honor the ideas and opinions being offered. We will not engage in verbal or physical violence when we are in disagreement. We will disagree without being disagreeable.

3. When we make an error in judgement  we address it, own it, rectify it, apologize for it and then we move on from it. We are here to improve our minds, spirits and personas. Mistakes happen but here everyone supports everyone as we are all in this together.

I am excited to get started with the new school year!

Dr. Nelson


Phone: (480) 882-3540  ext 7560
Fax: (480) 987-0837

Combs High School
2505 East Germann Road,

San Tan Valley, Arizona 85140.

Office Hours: 7:00 am-3:00 pm

Respect and Diversity Statement:  All individuals have a right to an educational environment free from bias, prejudice and bigotry.  As members of the Combs High School educational community, students are expected to retrain from participating in acts of harassment that are designed to domain another student's race, gender, ethnicity, religious preference, disability or sexual orientation.  Students at Combs High School will respect each other.
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