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Our Principal


It is my pleasure to welcome you to another great year at Magnolia Elementary School!

As a southern California product, I count myself lucky to have been able to work with students of all ages in North County San Diego.  After receiving a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Masters in Education from Boston College, I worked as a curriculum developer, AVID coordinator, technology coach and history instructor in Escondido and Solana Beach.  I also served as the Assistant Principal of Aviara Oaks Middle School for three years, and have been blessed to be the principal of Magnolia Elementary for the past six years.

At Magnolia Elementary we believe that students learn best when content is relevant and focused on real-world problems and driving questions.  We seek to use an inquiry approach to build and construct knowledge collaboratively, and we constantly strive to connect with students’ innate curiosity and natural creativity to bring out the innovator in each child.  Above all else, we want students to be able to critically explore and question the world around them in a safe, challenging and inclusive environment. 

We look forward to an exciting year of rigorous learning, creativity and fun!



Photo of Mr. Nelson and his family.

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