L.A. Teacher Extraordinaire Erik Nelson Talks Politics
Posted by Steven Levin on September 24, 2015 at 10:58 AM
Erik Nelson is a math teacher at Camino Nuevo High School, Miramar Campus* in Los Angeles. He’s also become active in local politics as a way of strengthening public education.
Erik graduated from USC in 2013 with a dual degree in Business Administration (Entrepreneurship) and Spanish. He immediately joined Teach For America in Los Angeles, where he was placed at Camino Nuevo’s newest high school, the Miramar campus. Erik taught Algebra 1 and 2 in the first year; now in his third year, he is teaching Algebra 1, among other courses.
Recognizing that politics on the L.A. Unified school board have a direct impact on charter schools, including his own, Erik paid close attention to what was happening inside the district’s headquarters. Pretty soon, he decided to get more involved. During the May school board elections, Erik volunteered with the Parent Teacher Alliance on behalf of Dr. Ref Rodriguez – a former charter school leader running to represent Board District 5. In a major victory, Rodriguez defeated the vehemently anti-charter incumbent.Read more