Jeffrey “Whites” Nelson–Assistant Principal of Diamond Fork Junior
Jeffrey “Whites” Nelson was appointed by the Nebo School Board of Education as Assistant Principal of Diamond Fork Junior for Nebo School District. He will fill the vacancy left by retiree, Mark Bake. Mr. Nelson received his bachelor’s degree from Southern Utah University in physical education and special education as well as a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Southern Utah University.
Mr. Nelson started working 25 years ago at Spanish Fork Junior in Nebo School District. He taught special education for 5 years and physical education for 17 years. For the past three years, Mr. Nelson was the Dean of Students for Mapleton Junior. He coached football for 19 years and baseball for 24 years at Spanish Fork High School. He was part of five State Championship teams.
Coach Nelson said, “But more important than winning is forming life-long relationships with many great players, coaches, and friends of baseball.
Principal RaShel Anderson said, “Jeff is one of the best instructional leaders I have ever had the opportunity to work with. He creates a positive warm culture at our school. He models good instruction and learning by setting clear expectations, managing time, and giving positive reminders and cueing. His patient, calming influence works magic on the most difficult situations. I admire his enthusiasm for learning, love of students, and hard work.”
A motto of Jeff’s is to: “Live, laugh, love, have fun, be yourself, and make the best out of every situation.”
Jeff said, “The biggest influence in my life was my father. He taught me the value of hard work and to always strive to do my best. My dad was a great educational leader and instilled in me the love of working with kids and to treat all with respect. The biggest lesson he taught was to love unconditionally. I gave him plenty of chances to prove that.”
Mr. Nelson is involved with the Diamond Fork Riding Club and is President for 2015, a Fiesta Days Rodeo Committee Member, active in church callings and positions, and is the Past President of the Utah County Babe Ruth League.
Mr. Nelson enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, horse riding, gardening, and watching (not coaching) baseball. He is married to Cindy, and they have three children and four grandchildren.