Charlie Marello, Principal
Charlie Marello has been a resident of Niceville for over 30 years. He is a graduate of Niceville High School, Okaloosa Walton Community College, and The University of West Florida. He served his first 15 years in education in the Walton County School District progressing from a teacher and coach, to a teacher-on-assignment with administrative duties, to an assistant principal and then principal of Emerald Coast Middle School. ECMS earned an A+ School of Excellence rating every year during Mr. Marello’s three-year tenure as principal.
In 2013, Mr. Marello joined the Okaloosa County School District and accepted the principal position at Destin Middle School. DMS has also been an A+ school of excellence every year during Mr. Marello’s three-year term. He was appointed principal of Niceville High School in May 2016. He is married with two children.
Craig Miller, Assistant Principal
Mr. Craig Miller began his teaching career at Meigs Middle School. While at Meigs Mr. Miller taught Talented and Gifted Social Studies and served as the head coach for the boys’ basketball and baseball teams. Mr. Miller is currently pursuing his Educational Doctorate in Administrative Studies through the University of West Florida. Mr. Miller lives in Niceville with his wife and two daughters.
Jerral Horton, Assistant Principal
Ms. Horton is a product of Okaloosa County Schools: Plew Elementary, Ruckel Junior High, and a graduate of Niceville High School. She has a B.S. from Florida State University in Interdisciplinary Science and Math Education, and an M. Ed in School Counseling from University of West Alabama. She is married with two children. She became assistant principal in April 2016.
Kimberly Nihill-Taylor, Assistant Principal
Ms. Nihill-Taylor grew up in a proud military family, and is a graduate of Niceville High School. She began her teaching career at Gulf Breeze High School and was a cheerleading coach. A year later she returned to Meigs Middle School in Okaloosa County. Niceville called her home the next year where she taught art, AP 2D, AP Drawing, and AP Art History. In addition she coached volleyball and was the head softball coach for seven years. She was Okaloosa County Teacher of the Year in 2002, and has been Nationally Board Certified since 2006. In the spring of 2016, she became Assistant Principal. She is married with two children.
Brian Wagner, Dean of Student
Mr. Wagner is a product of Okaloosa County Schools. He graduated from Baker School where he also began his teaching career. As a successful educator for the past 25 years, he has taught business education courses, CHOICE IT, physical science, and physical education. He is married with three children and was named Dean of Students in August of 2016.