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Our Team

Marcus Wright, Principal


  • B.A. in History/Geography Secondary Education from Chicago State University 
  • M.A. in History/Africana Studies from Chicago State University
  • M.A. Educational Leadership/Administration and Supervision from Chicago State University
  • Ed.S Educational Specialist from Park University (Currently Enrolled)
  • Ed.D candidate in Educational Leadership  from Northcentral University 


  • Reading, researching, music and family/friend time 

My favorite thing about Nichols:

  • The collective support of the staff

Andre Ball, Assistant Principal

This is my 16th year in education, which includes 8 years of teaching, 2 years as a district math specialist and 6 years in administration as an assistant principal. My experience has allowed me to serve on all sides of the City of Chicago and most recently serving for two years as an Assistant Principal here at Nichols Middle School. I pride myself in building relationships with all stakeholders, fighting for equity and playing to people's strengths and pushing them to be the best version of themselves!

Fun Fact: I am an extremely involved gamer. Not only do I coach the Nichols Esports team, I also play tons of games (video games, board games, card games, etc.) with my family in my spare time. It is a goal of mine to eventually open my own board game cafe!

Erica Brunson, Assistant Principal

Erica Brunson, a New Jersey native, received her Bachelor of Science in Finance from The University of Illinois at Chicago in 2001. She worked as an accountant for years before receiving her master's degree in Teaching from National Louis University in Chicago. She has just completed her master's degree in Educational Leadership from Chicago State University in December 2023.

She taught middle school math and was instrumental in improving student learning in turnaround schools in Chicago Public Schools.  In 2019, her family relocated to Louisville, Kentucky where she co-designed and co-created the Louisville Teaching Residency. 

This program was developed to recruit more teachers of color that would represent the student body in Jefferson County, Kentucky. She aided in the recruitment and placement of 30 student teachers and 15 mentor teachers. In addition, she taught summer classes for the residents at The University of Louisville College of Education and prepared monthly professional developments for the cohort. Today, approximately 80% of those resident students are certified teachers within the district. 

For the past two years, Erica has served as the academic instructional coach at Nichols Middle School. Working intimately with the School Improvement Team, she supports teachers within their professional learning communities and has forged partnerships with district-level staff as the site coordinator for the AVID program. Currently, she is the Assistant Principal supporting 6th grade students and teachers.

She enjoys karaoking, watching movies, reading, scrapbooking, traveling, walking along the lake, and spending time with family and friends.

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