"There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don't care who gets the credit."
I was born and grew up in Southern Minnesota in a small city named Austin. I am the second oldest of seven children. I moved to Utah County in 1999 and have lived here ever since. I now live in the magical land of Spanish Fork where it is nice and quiet, yet close enough to Provo for shopping and restaurants. I am married to the lovely Christy Bryant Nielson and I have four darling children (Andrew 13, Allie 10, Jared 8, and Joshua 5). I love being active and being outside. My favorite places to be (thus far) are Zion's Canyon N.P., Yellowstone N.P., Disneyland, and Corona Del Mar Beach in Newport Beach CA. I received my BS in psychology in 2002 and my MS in school counseling in 2007. I am in my eleventh year as a school counselor. It is my ninth year at Mountainville Academy and 5th year as assistant principal.
I love to counsel others to discover new perspectives and personalities. I love to see students succeed and seeing that "light bulb moment" of inspiration. I also love to turn a sad face into a happy one. I am amazed at Mountainville Academy's students' abilities in academics, in solving problems, and in living a life full of character. I also love the school's mission of "building leaders one student at a time'. Where can you find its match? How many schools not only teach children to be excellent students, but also excellent people?
Some interesting facts about me…I am the multi generation great-grandson of the Native American Princess Pocahontas and also King George III of Great Britain. I always wanted to try out for American Idol but chose to stick with karaoke. My hometown is the headquarters of Hormel Foods. If you look on the back of a Spam can, you will see it is made in Austin, MN. I love the Minnesota Vikings NFL football team and look forward to each game with enthusiasm. I can speak a near perfect impression of "Donald Duck," "Marvin the Martian," and "Ernie" from Sesame Street. I hope one day to have my poetry published in an LDS bookstore, I dream of buying a beach house in Southern California and having Bobby Flay as my personal chef, and I would love to sail around the world in my own yacht.