• Mr. Nelson was Board approved as the Principal of Dougherty Elementary in August of 2012 and this is his fifth year at James Dougherty. As a Dublin resident and father to two Dublin Unified School District students, this position not only allowed him to be close to home but also to serve the community he lives in.

    Last school year, James Dougherty was award the 2015 National Blue Ribbon and also the 2016 California Gold Ribbon. By supporting the students and staff at the school, the school continues to support all students in their learning.


    Do not be surprised if you see Mr. Nelson out in the community in a variety of different roles as he has been a Little League coach and active scout leader. As an involved father and community member, Mr. Nelson is committed to working with all children to pursue their interest and help them realize their full potential.


    As a school principal it is Mr. Nelson’s priority to ensure a rigorous and comprehensive educational experience for all students while creating a variety of student activities for students to participate in to promote school spirit.