Richard Nielsen has been connected with elementary education since graduating from BYU. After teaching four years, he enrolled in the BYU Leadership Preparation Program (LPP) and eventually became an elementary principal in the Nebo School District. Since 2004 he has served as Nebo School District director of elementary education. He says, “It is an honor and privilege to be a member of the public education community and serve in a capacity that has a profound impact on individual children and their enculturation in a democratic society.” He and his wife, Karen, are the parents of five children. He is currently a bishop and a member of the MSE Alumni Board.