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Faculty

The McNicholas faculty is a team of educators who are dedicated to helping students discover and develop their God-given brilliance.  Our teachers are caring and supportive and our 12:1 student-teacher ratio allows them to give students the personalized attention they deserve.  

Faculty members are also committed to their own life-long learning; they meet weekly with their colleagues and, in the summer of 2020 alone, our faculty logged over 520 hours of professional development.

Teacher Spotlight

Teacher portrait of Julie Dill

February Educator of the Month
Ms. Dennemann models the McNicholas mission in her interactions with students and colleagues. Her commitment to academic excellence is evident in her openness to investigating and implementing effective new ways of teaching science.

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Teacher portrait of Julie Dill

January Educator of the Month
Mrs. Dill believes that all of her students can achieve academically and challenges them to learn and grow intellectually. She compassionately cares about the well-being of her students, both physically and emotionally. She genuinely wants the best for each student and works generously to advocate for their needs. 

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Teacher portrait of Steve Dalton

October Educator of the Month
Mr. Dalton is the epitome of a student-centered educator. His deep math and pedagogical expertise powers his commitment to customize instruction in ways that guide and motivate each student to maximize learning. 

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Teacher portrait of Ashley Brothers

September Educator of the Month
Mrs. Brothers works hard and happily for the McNicholas community – students, colleagues, and alumni alike. Her commitment to McNicholas, rooted in her experiences as a Rocket graduate and state-champion athlete, is inspiring and her upbeat attitude is contagious.

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Teacher portrait of Angie Noble

February Educator of the Month
Mrs. Noble teaches with passion. She works tirelessly to create innovative, engaging learning experiences that challenge students to think critically, act compassionately, and write copiously. Students respond to her honest and passionate presence.

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Teacher portrait of Hannah Schwab

April Educator of the Month
Ms. Schwab is a valued member of the SAIL team. She contributes to the collegial teamwork that sustains the excellence of the SAIL Program. She makes a distinctive contribution through her expertise as a Reading Specialist, expertise cultivated through dedication to completing a challenging program of professional growth for the sake of her students.

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Teacher portrait of Teresa Davis

March Educator of the Month
Ms. Davis works hard to meet the needs of all of her students by striving to take into account their individual God-given brilliance: their talents, interests, backgrounds, and learning styles.  She continually searches for new strategies to expand her instructional repertoire and challenge her students.

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Teacher portrait of Renee Herndon

January Educator of the Month
Mrs. Herndon works tirelessly behind the scenes as an advocate for all SAIL students, both current and prospective.  She holds high expectations for them without enabling them.  She builds their confidence and classroom skills so they can achieve success.  

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Teacher portrait of Jenni Tumser

December Educator of the Month
One does not need to have a traditional classroom to be an educator. Mrs. Tumser works in the classroom of the heart by teaching students to think and lead with their hearts. The amount of time she devotes to educating CREW leaders, promoting school spirit, and enhancing the McNick experience for students is extraordinary.  

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Our daughter has continued to be challenged by being placed in appropriate classes based on her abilities. With the smaller school setting, the teachers know her and what she is capable of. We have been very happy with our decision of sending our daughter to McNicholas High School.

Amy, Parent of Class of '23
 


 

The amazing community of people we have in the school makes McNick special. The community is more like a family. I love the relationship between the students and the teachers and how the teachers are invested in helping us grow.

Aimee, Class of '21

Academics News

McNicholas Class of 2022 Valedictorian shakes principal's hand

Congratulations to our newest graduates who received their diplomas at the PromoWest Pavilion at Ovation on Sunday, May 22. Student Body President Lauren Keith, Valedictorian Andrew Collette, and English Teacher Mr. Jeff Mulvey were nominated by the Class of 2022 to speak at the graduation ceremony.

McNicholas senior signs academic letter of intent.

At our annual Academic Signing celebration, we recognized the Class of 2022 Top 10. These 10 students have achieved the highest weighted cumulative grade point average up to and including the third quarter of their senior year: Jack Caccavari, Emma Clemons, Andrew Collette, Bobby Fechtel, Emily Fridley, Zach Geiser, Maria Klug, Ethan Koran, Arden Jakubovic, and Jason Munzel.

McNicholas students work cooperatively during leadership retreat.

The Class of 2025 grew in compassionate leadership this week as they bonded together during leadership formation. This day of formation laid the groundwork for the Leadership McNick program, a joint venture between McNicholas and the Xavier University Leadership Center (XLC), that will officially kick off next school year.

McNicholas student testing the strength of her bridge made of pasta.

At McNicholas, we build bridges...but sometimes we break them too! Ms. Gaskins’s Architectural Drafting students designed, constructed, and then tested the strength of their spaghetti bridges. Junior Caroline Mohahan’s brilliant design was the strongest, holding 14.1 pounds!

Candle lighting at the McNicholas NAHS induction ceremony

Twenty-six Rockets were inducted to the National Art Honor Society this April. NAHS inspires and recognizes students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art and supports members in their efforts to attain the highest standards in art scholarship, character, and service.

McNicholas students lead Angels through CANabiliites Program

As part of the Guardian Angels School’s CANabilities Program, McNicholas hosted the eighth grade class from GA, leading them through a morning of witness, reflection, and activities fostering kindness and compassion.

McNicholas students celebrate National Foreign Lanauge Week

The World Languages Department celebrated National Foreign Language Week with fun, food, and “Fallas.” Activities included "Ojos de Dios" crafts from Mexico, “Fallas" from Valencia, and a Greek temple building project.

McNicholas High School's three National Merit Semifinalists

All three seniors who were announced as National Merit Semifinalists in September have advanced to Finalist standing. Congratulations to our National Merit Finalists Ethan Koran, Erin McManus, and Jason Munzel!

McNicholas senior wins Poetry Out Loud competition.

Congratulations to senior Zach Geiser who placed first in our school-wide Poetry Out Loud competition for his recitation of “Dream Song 14” by John Berryman. Zach will move on to the regional semi-finals for an opportunity to compete at the state level.

Scholastic Gold Key Winners from McNicholas

Conner Dute ’22 and Conner Gibson ’22 were both awarded Gold Keys for their architecture work. Connor Dute was recognized for his pizza oven rendering, Rock-In Park, and Conner Gibson received his Gold Key for The Cozy Comb, a plan for sustainable living for displaced persons. Both Conners will move on the National Scholastic competition.

McNicholas welcome three new faculty and staff members.

Please join us in welcoming three new faculty and staff members to the McNicholas family. Mr. Pete Collopy joins the Athletic Department as a strength and conditioning coach, Mrs. Julie Miller has returned to McNicholas as full-time math tutor and co-teacher, and Mrs. Andrea Wheeler joins us as a full-time co-teacher in the English Department.

McNicholas High School's three National Merit Semifinalists

McNicholas High School is proud to announce that seniors Ethan Koran, Erin McManus, and Jason Munzel are semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit® Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) program. Semifinalists represent the top 1% of seniors nationwide based on the results of the PSAT/NMSQT test the students took as juniors.