New director at High Desert UniServ
The High Desert UniServ has appointed 37-year teaching veteran and former UEA Vice President Thomas Nedreberg as UniServ director. He replaces retiring Rick Pruitt who served as director for six years.
“After 32 years working in the Tintic School District and 37 years overall as a teacher it is with very mixed emotions that I'm leaving to be the High Desert UniServ Director,” said Nedreberg. “I've loved the students, teachers and community that I've both worked and lived in. It's sad to say ‘good-bye’ but I'm very excited to work with and advocate for teachers in the most beautiful area of the nation. I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue on the front lines fighting for great public schools.”
Nedreberg began his career as a fourth-grade teacher in Mesa, Ariz. In addition to teaching at the elementary school level, he has held numerous positions including middle school math, science and history teacher, high school principal, elementary school principal and various director-level district administration posts. He earned a B.S in elementary education from Ohio State University, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from New Mexico State University and a Master of Education degree from Brigham Young University.
High Desert is geographically one of the nation’s largest UniServ areas with 10 school districts and 73 schools covering 32,000 square miles. “With the area being so big, it's a good thing I like to travel and meet new people,” he said, adding that he “enjoys photography, music and listening to books on tape.”
The High Desert UniServ serves educators in Emery, Grand, Juab, Millard, North Sanpete, San Juan, Sevier, South Sanpete, Tintic and Wayne School Districts.