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A Year of Triumph for Boys Town Family-Teacher


An award-winning year as a Family-Teacher®, a PhD and a baby on the way, 2018 was quite the busy year for Nicole Wilson who is a Family-Teacher on Nebraska's home campus.

"Nicole is the woman every parent wants their little girl to grow up to be. She is compassionate, dedicated, and ambitious," said Jordan Wilson, Nicole's husband and Family-Teacher.

Nicole and Jordan have been working at Boys Town for over five years as Family-Teachers. They currently oversee a boys' home in community three on Home Campus. In 2018, the couple won the Dedication to Youth and Families Award for their amazing work as Family-Teachers. This award was started in 2016 by a man whose daughter's life was impacted by Boys Town. 

This year was a little more hectic for the Wilson family though, specifically Nicole. Not only was she finishing her Human Capital Management PhD in the fall, but she was also getting ready to welcome a new baby girl into the family. In December, Nicole gave birth to baby Emma. The couple also has a seven-year-old son together.

In the month following the birth of her daughter, Nicole walked across the graduation stage in what was not only an outstanding achievement for her but a proud moment for her husband.

"Her ambition is the glue to our program. I get things done, but she gets them done the best they can be. Always striving to be better has been the motivation that allowed her to reach her PhD goals," said Jordan. "She inspires me daily to be a better husband, a better parent, and a better all-around person."

Being a Family-Teacher is no easy task; it requires love, patience, time and caring for other's children as they are your own.

"Nicole is a wonderful example of someone who lives out Father Flanagan's mission each day. She ensures that the boys in her home are extremely well taken care of.  She keeps them happy and well-fed while challenging them to meet their goals and stay connected to their families," said Natalie Samson, Director, Family Home Program. "I find it incredible that Nicole continued to maintain all of this while pregnant, taking care of her son and finishing her PhD program. I feel proud to have Nicole as a Family-Teacher."

Natalie also mentioned that both of the Wilsons do an excellent job at supporting the Boys Town community by leading events such as summer slip-n-slides, Okoboji vacations and guest visits.  In addition, Nicole serves on a number of Home Campus committees

Thank you to Nicole and Jordan Wilson for the work they do as Family-Teachers and congratulations on their achievements in 2018.