r The Nebo School District Board of Education has appointed DeAnn Nielsen as principal of Maple Mountain High School in Spanish Fork.
Nielsen has worked in Nebo School District for 30 years. She is the current assistant principal of Maple Mountain High where she has served for the past five years. Nielsen was principal of Brookside Elementary School for four years and principal of Canyon Elementary School for five years. She taught third grade for nine years and was a facilitator for six years, both at Mapleton Elementary School. Nielsen received her master’s degree in education Administration in 2003 and was chosen as a Brigham Young University Leader Preparation Program recipient from Nebo School District. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education, also from BYU.
Nielsen was selected as BYU’s commencement speaker in 2003. She was honored as Instructional Leader of the Year for 2007-2008, Rookie Principal of the Year for 2004-2005 and Distinguished Principal of the Year for 2008-2009, all by the Utah Association of Elementary School Principals. She received the Excellence in Education Award by the Springville/Mapleton PTA Council in 2001 and was Nebo School District’s Distinguished Mentor Nominee in 1999.
Nielsen said, “Our school motto is: ‘An Attitude of Excellence.’ I hope all of us, the students who attend MMHS and every employee of the school, aspire to this motto of excellence in all that we do at our school. We strive to be excellent in the classroom, on the stage, on the court or field and in our clubs. We desire excellence in our school’s academic, fine arts and athletic programs. As a leader in the school, I am happiest when I am with the students!”
A colleague said, “DeAnn knows how to successfully deal with difficult students, parents and teacher situations. She is a genuinely a caring individual with such a positive outlook on what it takes to make the best learning community for everyone involved. She knows how to gather information from all key players before the best decision can be made. DeAnn is detailed and will spend countless hours on doing what is best for students. She demonstrates incredible dedication and commitment to everything she does.”
“I have lived in the Nebo School District community throughout my career and the majority of my career I have worked and lived within my school community. I love the community, the families and people that I serve, and I’m proud to be a Golden Eagle,” Nielsen said.