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School Employees of the Month

Jesska Nelson and Michelle Youngberg

Jesska Nelson

Jesska was born in Clearfield, UT on July 5th.  She is the oldest of 5 children.  She has three brothers and one sister in her family.  She grew up in the land of the potato – Idaho

Jess graduated (Class of 2004) from South Fremont High School in St. Anthony, Idaho, where she named artist of year (all four years she attended). She also was involved in drill team, baseball, and choir.

Jess attended BYU-Idaho for a year and hated every second of it.  In 2017 she began attending Weber State (TAPT program) to further her interests in teaching.

Jess has done so many things – nanny, worked in men’s fashion, jewelry shops, fast food, Weber admissions, window washer, cleaned houses, hotel front desk, tutor, assistant to professors, waitress, just to name a few.  She has been working at Mountain Green Elementary for the last 4 years and has started her 5th year working in “our better than anywhere Special Education Department.” She will admit to being slightly biased but thinks Melinda and Dr. A are incredible people and the MGES kids are great!

When she is not in the classroom, Jess loves to draw and do anything crafty…. Right now, she loves anything that isn’t homework!  She is beyond obsessed with Utah Jazz basketball – It’s her life.

She has one awesome pup whose name is Oliver.  Oliver lost his mom at 24 hours old, so really Jess is the only mom he’s known.  He is now 2 years and is Jess’s whole world.

Jess is an open book – if you know her – there are no secrets…. She has a fake hip (which is a source of constant pain), but she chooses to live in the present and rolls with the punches.  She is blunt and honest because life is too short to not live in the now!

Michelle Youngberg

Michelle was born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma on March 1st.  She is the oldest child, which according to Michelle, explains why she likes to be in control.  She has three younger brothers and always wished for a sister.  Michelle’s dad was a colonel in the army, which caused her family to move around a lot as a child.  They finally moved to Ogden when she was seven years old and they stayed there.

Michelle graduated from Bonneville High School and enjoyed being a class and seminary officer and also involved in FBLA and FHA.  During a state FBLA competition, Michelle won for the best job interviewer.  As a result, she received a paid trip to Chicago for Nationals.

Michelle received her Associate degree from Rick’s College and her Bachelor’s degree from Weber State, where she minored in PE, reading, and art.

Michelle taught for three years in Weber School District (Uintah Elementary – 5th grade two years and 3rd grade for one) before coming to Mountain Green Elementary where she has been teaching 3rd grade for the last seven years.  She has started her 8th year and loves the staff, students, and parents. She thinks she will stay a long time.

When she is not in the classroom, Michelle loves to be outside (especially in the summer).  She thinks she is part fish because she loves to play in the water so much – boating at Lake Powell, tubing the Weber River, canoeing at East Canyon, jumping on the tramp with sprinklers, and hiking to waterfalls are just a few examples of some of her water activities.  She also loves flower gardening and biking.  Really, Michelle enjoys anything as long as she is with family.  She considers life a wonderful adventure.  Last summer she and her husband went on vacation every other weekend and it was awesome. Michelle is married to a wonderful man – Scott Youngberg, who occasionally volunteers at MGES.  She has 5 children who she adores. They range in age from 19 – 29 and the family is very active. The one thing that Michelle indicated that nobody knows about her is that she went to New Zealand and toured both islands by motor home for 10 days – it was beautiful.

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