Edward (Ted) Nelson » Introduction


Hello, my name is Edward (Ted) Nelson, and I am excited to start my second year at Amundsen High School. Although this is only my second year, I worked as a temporary teacher for one year, and as a frequent substitute teacher for three years, so in reality, this is my sixth year working at Amundsen. 
I received my undergraduate education at the University of Tennessee and my Masters at Western Illinois University in history. I worked as a claims examiner for several life insurance companies before returning to get a teachers certificate and an endorsement in special education. It was a long and winding road, but delighted that it took me to Amundsen High School. I look forward to working with Amundsen students, parents, and fellow staff and hope to provide stability during these uncertain times.
Feel free to email me at [email protected] I am free during 1st and 7th period. Students can reach out to me via Google chat or email.
When not teaching, my passion is outdoor adventure and world travel. During long weekends and breaks I can be found canoeing, hiking, and skiing. This summer, I returned to world travel in a big way with a five week, seven country epic adventure through Africa. I visited South Africa, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. I saw the big five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and Cape buffalo), I swam on the lip of Victoria Falls, a world wonder, and swam with dolphins in Mozambique. I blog about my adventures at Traveling Ted.
Leopard - Kruger National Park

Swimming Victoria Falls

Representing Amundsen at Victoria FallsElephant selfieLionClasses

I am excited to work with the Cluster students in 201 and 203 with Mr. Markowitz as all the amazing SECAs that help us out
Period 1 - Cafeteria with Cluster students
Period 2 - Prep
Period 3 - Chemistry/Biology with freshman/sophomore Cluster students
Period 4 - Prep
Period 5 - Lunch
Period 6 - Political Science/Civics with Juniors and Senior Cluster students
Period 7 - United States history/world studies with freshman and sophomore Cluster students
Period 8 - Physics/Environmental science with junior and senior cluster students