Dr. Wahl has served public schools for 31 years as a teacher, coach, athletic director, building principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent of schools. He has been a champion for giving students and adults second chances. In addition, his hallmark as an administrator is to expand opportunities for students. He has never believed that one size fits all as it relates to students and teachers in their experiences in the school environment.
Nick has served as a superintendent of schools for in suburban Chicago for 11 years and suburban Indianapolis for 5 years. In his time as superintendent, he engaged all stakeholder groups in the having a voice in the strategic planning process. This process was laser focused on student-centered decision making by looking at the well-being of students and that interaction with student achievement. This holistic approach embedded social-emotional learning as part of the daily instructional practice which fostered a collaborative culture of learning.
Nick earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University, Masters of Science degree from Purdue University and Doctoral degree from National Louis University in Chicago. He continues to practice “doing things with people, not to them” as he champions the EOS cause to increase opportunities afforded to low-income students and students of color as a Superintendent-in-Residence. He believes EOS gives students “keys to doors of opportunity that they did not even know existed.”