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Welcome to Nichols Elementary School! I am thrilled and honored to be the Principal. I was part of the teaching staff who opened Nichols in 2002 and work hard to continue our great traditions and build on our successes. I am constantly amazed and inspired by our highly qualified educators, dedicated parents, and fabulous students!

I have experience teaching students from Kindergarten through fifth grade in both special education and general education. I will work with students, staff members and the school community to ensure our students are well prepared to “Navigate the Future!”

At Nichols we will continue to challenge our students and build future leaders. Students will gain 21st Century skills through discourse, collaboration, creativity and through the development of critical thinking skills. Students will use technology in meaningful and productive ways to expand their knowledge.

We continue to expand our implementation of the Leader In Me program. Students will lead and shine as they take on more responsibilities in classrooms and at school. They will play significant roles in organizing and running school wide events, and with school clubs and activities. When students take on leadership roles they develop a sense of purpose and drive that can lead to increased academic achievement and provide valuable life skills.

I look forward to working as a team to ensure our students succeed. Working together we can make great things happen!


Rob Flaherty, Principal of Nichols Elementary School in the Oceanside Unified School District, has been named the Elementary Principal, Administrator of the Year for San Diego and Imperial Counties by the Administration of California School Administrators

The Elementary Principal, Administrator of the Year Award recognizes outstanding leadership, dedication, and commitment to education. Flaherty joined OUSD as a Special Education teacher in 2001. He was selected for his exceptional leadership in that field and innovative and equitable educational programs that have improved student performance and created a positive school culture for both students and staff.

“Mr. Flaherty is a detail-oriented manager and a thoughtful instructional leader,” says Oceanside Unified School District Superintendent Julie A Vitale, Ph.D.. “He is astute in assessing the needs of those he’s working with and in identifying ways to support them in their learning and professional growth.”

Under Flaherty's leadership, Nichols Elementary School has seen significant academic gains for students. He has implemented programs that promote diversity, equity, and inclusiveness and has made mental health and wellness a priority for students and staff. He leads with transparency, authenticity and uses data to make informed decisions that enhance the student and teacher experience. 

The Oceanside Unified School District is proud to have such an outstanding leader in its ranks and congratulates Flaherty on this well-deserved recognition.

Campus Administration / Administrators

Principal Robert Flaherty  
Assistant Principal Karris Brilee  
Administrative Secretary Jen Weaver  
Office Assistant - Attendance and Records Requests        Laura Hoiland  
School Community Advisor Vely White (760) 435-7416 (español)
Health Clerk Gen Liserio (760) 435-7421
School Nurse Rachel Gulliksen  
Other helpful contacts:    
Attendance    (760) 435-7401
Fax    (760) 722-0472