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COLUMBIA CITY â Upon arriving at Columbia City High School Tuesday, students will still call Kyle Nelson âMr. Nelsonâ but it wonât be in their business class. He is now Dean of Students.
Born and raised in Columbia City, his parents are Barry and Darlene Nelson.
He graduated from Columbia City in 2003 and then studied business management at Butler University.
Nelson transferred to Ball State University and finished with a secondary education degree.
He filled in for one semester at Attica High School where there were only 400 students.
Nelson came back to CCHS and taught business for five years â all the while finishing up his masterâs degree.
When Andrew McDaniels left a vacancy as Dean of Students, Nelson got the nod. âIâve only been on the job a week now,â said Nelson.
âI believe the key to this position is flexibility.â he said. Nelson will be responsible for students with the last names beginning with âLiâ.
âHearing the dean or principal title, sometimes people think about discipline,â he said. âBut really, all the teachers and staff are here to make it safe for all the students,â he said.
âMy goal is to always seek to do the best in my position, and if the opportunity to make a change presents itself, deal with it then. I am a listener and thatâs my role. Iâm very excited to be in this role at CCHS,â said Nelson.
He previously coached track for three years at CCHS.
Nelson took time to tell how he came to the decision to teach instead of going into the business world.
âWhen I was at Butler University my roommate and I had this conversation. It completely exploded my thoughts and about how I was going to make an impact on the world. I love business, but my mom ran a day care my whole life and I love children.
âWhat a better time to help mold young adults into great people,â he said.
âIâve taught school at other places and Iâll be honest had been exploring other options. But I havenât been able to pull myself away from CCHS,â he said.
âIâve taught at CCHS for five years, I graduated from here. I will always be a CC Eagle. But I sat back and reflected on how to continue to contribute to these young adultsâ lives in a different way,â said Nelson.
He is always seeking ways to contribute for the betterment of CCHSâs youth.
âColumbia City still has my heart. When I was young I remember I couldnât wait to get out of this city. But then you go away and something happens that makes you want to come home. For me it was my sister having a baby. Everything I need is right here,â he said.
When heâs not at school he enjoys spending time with his wife, Taylor (Parker), also a CCHS graduate, and the coupleâs dog.