Dr. Jorge Nelson – School Director

Dr. Jorge Nelson is a third-generation educator who has worked in international schools for the last 34 years. One third of his career has been in Latin America, therefore he is fluent in Spanish and understands the culture and values of those whom he has served. His own family has Latino roots; 2 sons and a daughter are from Mexico and another son is from Paraguay.


Dr. Nelson has built and renovated schools, designed and implemented world class curriculum, and ensured schools were accredited or reaccredited in over 10 countries. He has hired and developed competent faculty, many of whom desire to work with him again and again in schools around the world.


Dr. Nelson’s passion for service learning is reflected in community outreach.  For example, through his local and international connections, one high school built 20 homes with Habitat for Humanity, one benefactor gave $2M to fund an ongoing scholarship and boarding facility, he was a keynote speaker at the Global Issues Network annual conference to promote sustainability and has also trained school administrators on how to use cutting edge technology long before it was commonplace.


He has performed on stage with students, role modeling creative expression as a way to overcome the fear and anxiety of public speaking and community outreach.


He co-authored, produced and performed in a volunteer community rock opera about international terrorism after the bombing incident in Kuta, Bali to help begin the healing process in  his school community.


“Happy students learn more, faster” is Dr. Nelson’s mantra and he has spent his entire career pursuing that goal and continues to do so across the globe.  His philosophy is focused on learning that is relevant to the individual child while following world class standards to ensure success toward further educational and vocational opportunities.


We are very happy to welcome Dr. Jorge Nelson to Balboa Academy.