Charlie Marello, Principal

Picture of Charlie Marello, PrincipalCharlie 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.


Ryan Gore, Assistant Principal

Ryan Gore, Assistant PrincipalRyan Gore is a product of Okaloosa County Schools:  Mary Esther Elementary, Bruner Middle School and Fort Walton Beach High School.  He has a B.S. from William Carey College in Education, and an M. Ed. In Educational Leadership from UWF.  Over the past fifteen years in education he has taught math, coached several sports, and been an administrator at the district and high school levels.






Jerral Horton, Assistant Principal

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Jerral 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

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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 Students

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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.