Dr. Erlene Bass Nelson

Kindergarten, Charles Drew Elementary School; Teen/Adults, Parent University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Total years as a classroom teacher: 52


1993 Southeastern Nova University Ed. D., Early-Middle Childhood
1976 Temple University M. Ed., Early Childhood
1951 Stowe Teacher’s College B.A., Elementary Education

Teaching Experience


Parent University of School District, Philadelphia


Kindergarten, Philadelphia School System

Special Recognition

2009 World Teacher’s Day Proclamations: PA Governor; PA Secretary of
Education; House of Representatives; Philadelphia Mayor; PFT; Temple U.
2007 Distinguished Educator of the Year  
2007 Rose Lindenbaum Improvement of Education Award
2006 First School District of Philadelphia Carter G. Woodson Award for Excellence in Teaching
2003 Philadelphia Eagles Football Team, Team Player teacher
2003 PA 76’ers Basketball Team Hometown Hero Award
2002 National Board Certification
2000 Newspapers in Education; Innovative Teacher of the Year
1999 USA Today Newspaper, Team Teacher
1999 PA $10,000 Humane Educator of the Year
1998 William Ross Scholarship Award for Exemplary Teaching
1997 Philadelphia West Region Teacher of the Year
  • Dr. Nelson is creative, innovative and inspiring in order to implant
    within each student a love for learning, a desire to be with a
    community of learners, and be empowered as an independent thinker and
    problem solver.  
  • Dr. Nelson believes that teaching is not stagnant, for to be an
    exemplary teacher, she must be a student herself, forever learning the
    latest that educational research has to offer from the teachers who were
    once our students. 


“Dr. Nelson is a teacher of the highest integrity. She uniquely
performs to the best of her abilities, displaying high levels of
pedagogical excellence. She is a talented, energetic, and committed
professional who is thoroughly immersed in the academic and
extracurricular life. She brings learning to life for her students.”

Karren Dunkley, Deputy Chief Parent University

 “Dr. Nelson is an inspiration to the young and old. Her love
for teaching cultivates within her students a spirit to learn that is
contagious. I am especially taken by Dr. Nelson’s creative mind and
independent work ethic. As an educator of the highest level, Dr. Nelson
exemplifies professionalism, nurturing motherly love and consistency for
caring that is flawless.”

Karen L. James, Colleague