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Ms. McCullers: Principal


I’m R. Nichole McCullers the Principal of Holly Grove Elementary. I was born and raised by my amazing parents and family in Smithfield, North Carolina. I matriculated through Johnston County schools and graduated from Smithfield-Selma HS home of the ‘Spartans’! Afterward, I attended North Carolina Central University home of the ‘Eagles’…twice. At NCCU, I earned degrees in History, Science, Middle Grades Education, & a Master’s of School Administration.

I taught 7th Grade Science in Wake County Public Schools for 7 years and was named “Teacher of the Year”. I have received numerous awards and accolades over my life span for leadership and education. These recognition's validate my passion for education. I absolutely love working with young people and seeing them transform right before my eyes. As a school administrator, I look forward to advocating for our students and teachers in a greater capacity outside the classroom.

I have a deep passion for traveling. I have been to Mexico, Belize, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Cuba. I really enjoy having the opportunity to immerse myself in other cultures and practicing my Spanish. One of my favorite quotes says, “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of becoming.”- Goethe