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Wyoming Superintendent of the Year 2021

Posted Date: 05/04/2020

Wyoming Superintendent of the Year 2021

David Nicholas

David Nicholas has spent 30 years in the education field. He began his education career as a Middle School Principal in South Dakota, and then spent the next eleven years serving as a Superintendent in that state. David is currently in his tenth year as Superintendent of Schools in Washakie County School District Number One.

David attended Dakota Wesleyan University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Religion/Philosophy. He received his Master of Education in Educational Leadership from South Dakota State University. David earned his Specialist degree from the University of Sioux Falls.

David has served as President of Northwest WASA and is currently President of the University Partnership. He has attended the Center for Creative Leadership in Colorado Springs. David has led his board members to attain education opportunities from Wyoming Schools Boards Association conferences, as well as national school board conferences. He and his board of trustees developed an intervention program to increase graduation rates by improving student attendance. Mr. Nicholas has also been very involved in the PLC process, attending several conferences.

          Since accepting the Superintendency, Mr. Nicholas has guided his district in becoming a true Professional Learning Community. This was instrumental in one of his schools achieving “Blue Ribbon School” status in 2016. Collaboration in his district has made a huge difference for student performance.

A letter of support states, “The leadership of Mr. Nicholas is fostering an environment for learning, from not only the children and youth, but those that are called as educators, stakeholders and leaders. Our leadership is allowed the flexibility to develop and implement ideas centered around changing the lives of the youth we serve.”