AG Nielson Tirbute
Governor Herbert, Board Chair Huntsman, Deputy Superintendent Stallings, honored teachers, and distinguished guests, it is my great honor this evening to introduce you to one who sat in this event many years ago. Robert A. Nielson or Ag as he is known to everyone in Millard County, was Utah's first official teacher of the year, forty years ago and I would invite him to come and stand with me for a moment. Ag Nielson was and remains a legend in Millard County and beyond, for his incredible skills and his dedication as a teacher of vocational agriculture. I could go on and on about the accomplishments of those who passed through his program.
He is known for his totally unselfish concern for students and the steps he would take both in and out of school to see them succeed. After serving in World War 2 and then farming for a time, he took over a struggling agriculture program at Millard High in 1952 and visited the homes of the boys over the summer to encourage them to give the program a try. Many of those boys, like the hundreds that followed became state leaders and achieved excellence and lifelong success skills through their interactions with Mr. Nielson.
Twenty-five years into his career he received this great honor and ten years after that he retired from the district, having completed thirty-five years of incredibly successful interactions with young people, and having received notoriety as not only a Utah Teacher of the Year, but as the State and Western Region vocational agriculture teacher of the year, as well as one of six recognized as national Vo/Ag. Teachers of that year. An incredible and celebrated career.
This, however is only the beginning of the story for this former teacher of the year. Three years after his retirement in 1987 he missed the opportunities and rewards of education and came back to work for the Millard School District. He was hired this time to work with the population at the county jail, as well as with our adult education program to assist people in completing their education.
That was 1990.... now...28 years later, and if I may say... at age 92, Ag continues his service to youth in this second career. Let me clarify that for those of you who may feel confused... First, an incredible thirty-five years, and now beginning his twenty-eighth year in his second career with us, making in total, 63 years working with the Millard School District to help young people see success.
In this "second" career he has been instrumental in 274 individuals receiving diplomas through the Millard County jail, and another 130 or so through his evening classes in adult education. Over 400 individuals who would all give a huge amount of credit to Ag Nielson for their accomplishment. If ever there was an embodiment of what a teacher of the year could be or ought to be, he stands before you in this good and humble man.
To those of you being honored as the Teachers of the Year from your institutions, I offer my heart felt congratulations! It is an honor to you for the incredible efforts you make on behalf of children. I encourage you to use this honor as a platform that promotes your profession and the wonderful things our teachers do for children every day, but I also encourage you to use it as a launching pad for the remainder of your lives, to touch as many lives as you are able! As Mr. Nielson has shown, this isn't the end, it is the beginning.
Ag, thank you for your efforts and those of your daughters to be with us tonight, we know your good wife of 73 years, Afton, is anxiously awaking your return just as she does every night you go to work. We thank you for your love of education, your kindness to everyone, your never ending devotion to helping young people reach their potential, and for allowing us to pay tribute to you, our first teacher of the year, as we celebrate our newest teacher of the year!
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During the 2014 General session of the Utah State Legislature, lawmakers approved a bill mandating that school districts provide training and instruction on child sexual abuse prevention and awareness to school personnel in elementary and secondary schools and to parents or guardians of elementary school students.
Prevent Child Abuse Utah (PCAU) has been approved by the Utah State Board of Education to provide this training to parents and adults working with our youth. All employees must complete the training. You can access this free training by: