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SISD Names New SHS Principal

Meet Mr. Nickel and Other New Administrators on July 9th at the SHS Auditorium




Brian Nickels, New SHS Principal


Sunnyvale ISD's Board of Trustees has named Brian Nickel the new principal for Sunnyvale High School. The board approved Nickel's hire at a called meeting of the Board of Trustees on June 4.

 Superintendent Doug Williams will introduce Principal Nickel and other new SISD administrators to the Sunnyvale community at a special meeting on July 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the SHS Auditorium. All are welcome to attend.

Mr. Nickel’s official first day on the job will be July 1, but plans to spend time at SHS prior to then.

 "We are excited about Brian joining the administrative team and becoming a part of the Raider Nation,” Superintendent Doug Williams said. “He brings expertise in leading a high school in a similar district along with a passion for students and learning. We believe he will continue to expand our work in preparing SHS students for future success.”

Mr. Nickel is a experienced administrator with over 16 years in education. He joins SISD after serving as the principal of Quest Academy in Rockwall ISD, a position he held for two years. Prior to that, he served as the principal of Plainview High School in Ardmore, OK for five years. He also worked as the Assistant Principal in Wylie ISD for four years. He began his time in education as a Science teacher and coach in Wylie.

 The Nickels are excited about the move and look forward to the family environment of SISD.

 “Sunnyvale, to me, is very similar to Plainview High School where I worked in Oklahoma. It’s an opportunity for me to bring my family back to that type of community,” Mr. Nickels said. “We loved being in Plainview for the five years that we were there - it was a very close-knit atmosphere and that feeling of community is hard to replicate.”

 Mr. Nickel recognizes the established success of high school and is eager to build upon it.

 “I want to come in, support the excellence that’s here, learn everything about SHS and then build from there,” he said.

 His approach to teacher management stems from his experience in the classroom.

 “I am a teacher at heart,” Mr. Nickel said. “I loved being a teacher, and I loved the connection I had with the kids as a teacher. I felt like those bonds were my leverage in learning. I am a big believer in relationships, in getting to know our students. My job is to have significant relationships with teachers, meet their needs, use relationships to leverage growth and impact learning in the classroom.”

 Mr. Nickel looks forward to helping Raiders achieve and learn daily.

 “My goal for students is to be as visible as possible and to be present in their daily lives,” he said. “It’s my job to help them be successful and to provide the programs and opportunities to reach whatever their dreams are.”

Nickel and his wife, Megan, have two children: Chase, who will be a third grader at the Intermediate School and a three-year-old named Brady. The family lives in Rockwall and is considering a move to Sunnyvale.