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The Nebo School Board of Education appointed DeAnn Nielsen as principal of Maple Mountain High School for Nebo School District.
Mrs. DeAnn Nielsen has worked in Nebo School District for 30 years. She is the current assistant principal of Maple Mountain High where she served for the past five years. Mrs. Nielsen was principal of Brookside Elementary for four years and principal of Canyon Elementary for five years. She taught third grade for nine years and was a facilitator for six years, both at Mapleton Elementary. Mrs. Nielsen received her master’s degree in Education Administration in 2003 and was chosen as a BYU Leader Preparation Program (LPP) recipient from Nebo School District. She received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education also from Brigham Young University.

Ms. Nielsen was selected as BYU’s commencement speaker in 2003. She was honored as Instructional Leader of the Year for 2007-2008 and Rookie Principal of the Year 2004-2005, 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.

Mrs. 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!!” exclaimed Mrs. Nielsen.

DeAnn enjoys spending time with family. As a family we enjoy hiking riding horses, hunting, and spending time at the family cabin and in the family home in Hurrican. I love to knit and aspire to be a quilter. She is married to Ron. They have three children, two sons-in-law, and one grandson. 


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