Mr. Nichols began his career at Cranbury School in 2004 as a Teacher of Instrumental Music and Technology and in 2011 was named Cranbury School’s “Teacher of the Year.” He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Southern Methodist University, a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching from Monmouth University and a Master of Science Degree in Educational Technology from Ramapo College. As a freelance musician, Mr. Nichols served as President of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 373, and over the years has performed with numerous symphonic groups, pit orchestras, opera companies, wind ensembles, concert bands, jazz bands and clubdate bands throughout the tri-state area. From 1989 to 2005, Mr. Nichols was the Director of Percussion Studies at John P. Stevens High School in Edison, NJ, where he instructed award-winning high school drum lines and percussion ensembles. Mr. Nichols’ middle school and high school percussion students have consistently received high individual awards at the annual New Jersey Music Educator and New Jersey Association of Jazz Educator's Intermediate and High School All-Region / All-State Instrumental Music Percussion Auditions.
As a Technologist, Mr. Nichols has served as a member of the Cranbury School Technology Team since 2004. Mr. Nichols is an Apple Certified Educator and teaches basic computer skills and coding to third and fourth graders and teaches courses in digital media to students in grades six thru eight. Mr. Nichols serves as Chief Technology Officer for the LIG Global Foundation who’s mission is to deliver humanitarian relief to people in great need by bringing together dedicated medical and non-medical volunteers, supplies and technology. Mr. Nichols’ hobbies include photography, movie making, drone flying, sky & SCUBA diving.