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School Dedication Honors the Legacy of Dr. Debra Nelson

Sep 21, 2016

Students, parents and community members joined educators and special guests for a dedication ceremony on September 11 at Frisco ISD’s Nelson Middle School, 10100 Independence Parkway in Frisco.

The new campus is named for Dr. Debra Nelson, who retired in 2014 as Frisco ISD Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.

Dr. Nelson joined FISD in 1996, designing and building a model for teaching and learning that has brought Frisco ISD consistent academic acclaim.

“Her motivating impulse was her deep and abiding love and concern for kids,” said former Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rick Reedy. “It was the litmus test that guided her. She advocated furiously for essential student needs.”

Over the years, Dr. Nelson served as a mentor and friend to countless school teachers, principals and administrators. She recruited, developed and nurtured talent in the Curriculum and Instruction Department, creating the strong department of today.

“Dr. Nelson has touched the lives of FISD students in ways that they will never know,” said School Board President Anne McCausland.

The dedication included performances by the Nelson choir, band and orchestra. A plaque featuring Dr. Nelson was also unveiled, and refreshments and an open house followed the ceremony.

“Our mission at Nelson Middle School is to embrace and empower individual excellence in pursuit of new heights,” said Nelson Principal Mitzi Garner. “Dr. Nelson has modeled the pursuit of new heights and individual excellence throughout her life and career. Frisco ISD would not be the school district it is today without her leadership, knowledge, and dedication to excellence – she sought the best in opportunities for both students and staff.”

Nelson Middle School was designed by architect Corgan and built by construction manager CORE Construction. Its capacity is 1,000 students.