Attributions: 
Lana Hiskey

Since DeAnn Nielsen, the current Assistant Principal of Maple Mountain High, will fill the vacancy left by retiree, John “Willie” Penrod, Jeffrey “Whites” Nelson was appointed by the Nebo School Board of Education as Assistant Principal of Maple Mountain High for Nebo School District.

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 27 years ago at Spanish Fork Junior in Nebo School District. He taught special education for 5 years and physical education for 17 years. Mr. Nelson was the Dean of Students of Mapleton Junior for three years and the assistant principal of Diamond Fork Junior for two years. He coached football for 19 years and baseball for 26 years at Spanish Fork High School including five State Championships.

A colleague 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.”

Jeff’s personal motto is, “Do your best and have fun doing it.” He stated, “My parents were a great example to me in my life. They taught us to work hard and appreciate what we have.”

Jeff said, “I am looking forward to working with DeAnn and the great staff at Maple Mountain High School. I want to thank everyone at Diamond Fork Junior High for the great experience over the last two years and the friendships that we have developed.”

Mr. Nelson is involved with the Diamond Fork Riding Club and was 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 and friends, hunting, horse riding, and gardening. He would like to see a baseball game at every Major League baseball stadium. He is married to Cindy, and they have three children and five grandchildren.