Cheryl Nielson is this year's Crystal Apple recipient for Cherry Creek Elementary in Springville. She was voted by the teachers at her school because of her positive attitude, problem-solving skills, and love of students that she teaches.
One of her colleagues says, "Cheryl is always thinking about the individual child. She wants to understand each child and how to help them succeed around their peers. She has a great attitude with her students and colleagues. Cheryl goes the extra mile." Another co-teacher states, "Cheryl really makes sure that students go above and beyond 'just getting it.' With faculty members, she is a team-player who is willing to share great teaching ideas. She puts 100% into her work."
Cheryl graduated from UVSC (now UVU). She student taught with Mr. Travis Proctor at Cherry Creek. Since being hired, she has continued to teach 5th grade. In June 2009, she earned her Master's degree from SUU. Currently she is enrolled in an ESL Endorsement course. Cheryl feels at home at Cherry Creek. Her father, Mr. Lundgreen, taught when it was Springville Middle School. She is married to Cordell Nielson. They have three children: Anya, Shayla, and Ethan. Her parents are Dennis and Deann Lundgreen. She enjoys playing the piano, sewing, and playing the Wi with her family.