Jacki Nickel
Memorial Hall, Rm. 7300-D


Jaclyn Nickel is an Education Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Education with the Region 5 Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) at JMU. Jaclyn began her professional career in Michigan teaching English and social studies in middle and high school while also coaching varsity girls’ basketball. After moving to Virginia, Jaclyn continued teaching for several years before transitioning into school administration. After serving in several roles as elementary and high school assistant principals and as an elementary school principal, Jaclyn moved into the role of a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Systems Coach for the VDOE Region 5 TTAC. Currently, her work encompasses school quality improvement efforts including school leader professional development, lead for the Region 5 TTAC Administrators’ Communities of Practice (ACoP), designing safe, equitable learning environments, assisting in school wide Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and leading inclusive practices.

 Jaclyn serves as the Project Director for the Virginia Principal Induction Project with the JMU COE. She is also an adjunct faculty member who teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate-level courses. Jaclyn’s personal mission is to inspire others to find passion in their work, discover ways to maximize their potential, and enjoy the experiences of learning. She is a wife and mother to three wonderful young men, and to a cool dog, Milo. Her hobbies include exercising, spending time outdoors, reading, cooking, and attending sports events.


Academic Degrees:

  • M.Ed. Administration and Supervision PreK-12, Shenandoah University
  • B.S. English and History, Central Michigan University

 Professional Interests:

  • Pre-service educator preparation
  • Education leadership
  • Principal Induction
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
  • Function-based thinking
  • Inclusive school practices