Mrs. Nielsen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from Florida State University and a Master of Education degree in Counselor Education from Florida A&M University. Mrs. Nielsen has worked with at risk youth for almost 40 years in the fields of education, juvenile justice, and mental health. She began her career as a teacher is a residential juvenile justice program and later, as assistant superintendent, led a team in the design, implementation, and accreditation of a residential community based treatment program for juvenile offenders. As an educator, Mrs. Nielsen has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels and served as a behavior therapist and school counselor. She worked as a peer monitor for the Florida Department of Education Bureau of of Exceptional Education and Student Services, Coordinator of Branford Opportunity School, and as Director of Education for the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch. Her varied experiences have provided her with a unique perspective of student needs and a passion for helping students overcome obstacles to rewrite a narrative of failure into a story of success.