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DJUHSD Superintendent Announces Retirement

After 35 years in education and serving the Delano Joint Union High School District since 2006, Dr. Terri Nuckols has decided to retire as of November 1, 2018. Dr. Nuckols began her work in education as a substitute teacher in the Porterville Unified School District and was eventually hired as an English instructor at Monache High School. In July 2006 she came to Delano as the Learning Director at Cesar E. Chavez High School. In 2009, she was named Principal at Delano High School and became the Director of the Delano Adult School in July 2012.

Dr. Nuckols was named Delano Joint Union High School District Superintendent in November 2015. Under her leadership, the District has continued to thrive and its schools have consistently ranked within the top schools in both Kern and Tulare counties. Under the guidance of Dr. Terri Nuckols, the District has been committed to providing college and career opportunities for students. There has been a significant increase in college partner relationships as the District has overhauled its CTE pathway classes to better align with its college partners. Dr. Nuckols’ vision and leadership has helped to make this change while creating seamless transitions for students. She was instrumental in collaborating with Bakersfield College to begin the new Industrial Automation Pathway at Robert F. Kennedy High School.

In addition, Dr. Nuckols has been instrumental in moving the District’s dual enrollment program forward providing students with the opportunity to earn valuable college credits while attending classes on their high school campuses.

Dr. Nuckols says while she will miss the day to day contact with staff and students, she is looking forward to spending time with her children and grandchildren as well as her mother. In a letter to staff Dr. Nuckols stated, “My years in this district have been the best of my career and it’s because of the dedicated and talented staff that serve this community… I know that DJUHSD will continue to thrive and our students will continue to excel in academic achievement and extracurricular activities.”