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SFJHS Crystal Apple Award Winner: Jeffrey “Whites” Nelson

Submitted by david.thacker on Thu, 02/16/2012 - 18:51
By: Joe Anson

Coach “Whites” (a.k.a. Jeffrey Nelson) got his nickname from having almost pure white hair until he was ten years old.  His brother also started calling him Whites after Yankee great Whitey Ford.  But maybe now we should start calling him “Salt and Pepper” because of his more established appearance.

Whites has been teaching at Spanish Fork Junior High for over twenty years.  He first started out as a resource teacher then began teaching P.E. later on.   Whites earned a two-year degree from Utah Tech (now Utah Valley University), then transferred to Southern Utah University to finish his four-year degree while playing baseball for the Thunderbirds.  Later he achieved a Masters degree from SUU in administration.  In addition to his teaching duties Coach Whites has been an assistant baseball coach and sophomore football coach at Spanish Fork High School for over twenty years.

Whites consistently develops great rapport with his students because of his bigger-than-life personality and sense of humor.  One colleague said of Whites: “Don’t let looks fool you; Whites is a very smart person and always has great ideas about how to handle kids and is a very good classroom manager.”

Coach loves the outdoors, especially hunting, camping, farming, and horseback riding.  He is married and has three children and two grandchildren.

Indeed he is a large asset to Spanish Fork Junior High and the community.