Catherine M. Russo, School Administrator

Dr. Nickols was referred to me by a colleague to lead a professional development session on perceptions and diversity. I was so impressed with his passion and engaging manner, that I asked him to become a key player on our School Culture Committee focusing on drop-out prevention.

He reiterated the positive messages of goal setting, responsibility, hard work, and perseverance. He also met with struggling students each grading period to develop action plans and interventions to keep them on track for graduation. His commitment to the students and families of our school was evident in each conversation and interaction.

Dr. Nickols also gave Keynote addresses for academic awards ceremonies and our Baccalaureate service. He used these additional opportunities to influence young people to make positive choices.

I am truly indebted to him for being my personal administrative coach. Working with him has enabled me to articulate the vision for our school to all stakeholders. He has been instrumental in building a culture of hope, encouragement and support in our building.

He is knowledgeable, approachable, passionate about education and extremely dedicated. You will be hard pressed to find another person who has as much experience and talent as he does.