October 2020 Employee Spotlight: Necia Albrecht

Necia (left) and her children. 

Q: Where are you from?
I’m a Utah girl. I was born in Cedar City, Utah, but grew up in Richfield, Utah. I LOVED growing up in Richfield and feel like no matter where I go, I find some kind of Richfield connection. I now live in Elk Ridge and have lived there for 23 years. Crazy! It has been an amazing place to raise my four kids. We moved there when our oldest son was one and he is now 24. I also have twins, a boy and a girl who are 20, and a little boy who is nine. Whenever I tell people this they laugh and say, “I’ll bet he keeps you young.” Most days not so much, but I will say I have ninja-like skills playing Super Smash Bros on the Nintendo Switch.

Q: What and where have you studied?
I received my bachelor’s degree in elementary education from BYU way back in the olden days. Because of life and family situations, I have never gone back to get my master’s degree—but I’m hoping to start while working as a CFA. For several years, I thought I would like to get my administration credentials but think I’ve decided I would love to spend my last several years working as a school counselor. I am passionate about the connection between social-emotional health and academic performance, and I love working with students who are struggling.

Necia (third from left) and coworkers from Nebo School District. 

Q: Where have you previously worked?
I’ve spent my entire career working in Nebo School District. I have taught first, second, and third grades, and worked in fourth, fifth, and sixth grades with CITES on a literacy grant project. I’ve also been a literacy specialist/instructional coach and a facilitator. I love doing anything and everything in the elementary school setting. 

Q: Growing up, what teacher inspired you the most? How?
The teacher who inspired me the most was my third-grade teacher, Marba Thompson. In third grade we read Macbeth (and walked to the high school to compete in a Jeopardy-style competition with the juniors who had also just read Macbeth), sang along as she played “Fifty Nifty United States” on her harpsichord, learned to write poetry, and walked to her house once a month to eat ice cream sundaes. That’s when I knew I wanted to be a teacher.

Q: Who would you like to swap places with for a day?
A: If I could swap places with anyone for a day, I would swap places with someone on KSL NewsRadio so I could host a radio talk show. I’m a news geek, and even in what feels like a toxic political and cultural environment, I love talking with people and hearing about the experiences others have that are different from my own. 

Necia with her youngest son.
Necia with her youngest son. 

Q: What is your favorite food? 
Anything I don’t have to cook or clean up!

Q: What movie or movies can you watch again and again? 
My Best Friend's Wedding, all of the Jason Bourne movies, Ever After, and Dan in Real Life.

Q: What is something you can spend hours engaged in? 
I’m addicted to podcasts. I just finished a thought-provoking one called Nice White Parents.