Jill Nilson


Since I was a little girl, I have always wanted to be a teacher. I can still remember my first-grade teacher, Mrs. Smith, and how much I loved her! I have so many memories of all the wonderful teachers from Kindergarten to BYU that blessed my life. I will be forever grateful for their influence. I too, am excited to have the opportunity to influence my students for good!

I was born and raised in South Carolina until my parents decided to move to Utah. I was 13 at that time. Utah has become home for me, even though I love to return to the South as often as I can. I am married and have five beautiful children, two wonderful son-in-laws and two beautiful grandchildren.

Eight years ago, I received a phone call asking if I wanted to be an aide at Lincoln Academy. I had the opportunity to work with a student that needed extra care. I loved that experience and the student I worked with. At that point in my life, I had a niece that moved into town who was looking for a preschool. She asked me where she could find a great one. I gave her the names of several places, but then she said to me, “I want you to open a preschool.” I thought to myself, “Why not?” So I did! I owned a preschool for six years and absolutely loved it.

I now have been given this great opportunity to teach at Lincoln Academy and am very privileged to be part of such an amazing school. I feel like kindergarten is the beginning of everything! I truly love teaching this age. I believe that kindergarten is the foundation for future success, and I will strive to create an environment that my students will feel safe in and that they will love coming to everyday.