David Knudsen – Principal Salem Junior High
The Nebo School Board of Education appointed David Knudsen as the Principal of Salem Junior High for Nebo School District.
Mr. Knudsen received his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and his master’s in Educational Leadership both from Brigham Young University. He was also a Brigham Young University Leader Preparation Program (LPP) recipient.
For the past five years, Mr. Knudsen served as the assistant principal at Maple Mountain. Previously, he was the assistant principal at Springville Junior High. David taught physical education, math and history classes at both Springville Middle School and East Carbon High School. Mr. Knudsen coached girls’ basketball at Springville High and East Carbon High and coached track at East Carbon High.
Mr. Knudsen stated, “Lifelong learning of school leaders is important because leaders need to stay current with technology, learn more effective ways of instruction, and stay current with the issues facing their students.”
A colleague said, “I have been very impressed with Mr. Knudsen’s administrative skills. He is well organized and works successfully with teachers, parents, and students. Mr. Knudsen’s best skills are working with people. He has a personable manner and deals well with all people. His love of students and his sincere desire to make a difference in their lives makes him an excellent administrator.”
Mr. Knudsen said, “I believe it is an honor and a privilege to be in the education profession. It is a profession where we can influence lives of students. I can help students progress and become ready for their future and can provide a safe and nurturing environment where students can thrive. I can teach students to be responsible citizens for the rest of their lives. There is no place I would rather be than in a school setting.”
David enjoys camping, reading, playing sports, and going on vacation with his family. He is married to Kathy; and they have four children.