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Subjects Taught
3rd Grade Language Arts & SS


Bachelor of Music in Education:

Mississippi State University


Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction:

University of Mississippi


National Board Certified Teacher Certification

November 2014


4+ years as an elementary music teacher

3+ years as a middle/high-school band director

2 years of long-term substitute teaching assignments (all done at CES)

13 years at CES as a 2nd & 3rd grade classroom teacher



I am Marianne Nichols. This is my 19th year of teaching. Prior to teaching in Desoto County, I was a band director for a Christian school in central Mississippi. I fell in love with the regular classroom and decided to go back to Ole Miss (I'm really a Bulldog at heart) to get my Master's Degree in Elementary Ed. During the fall of 2014 I successfully completed my National Board Certification of Teachers in the area of Literacy.  I am currently beginning my 13th year at Chickasaw. I love Chickasaw and all the great people that make up our school. I have taught every grade K4-12 in Music, 3rd grade for 7 years, 2nd grade for 5 years, and that includes when I've looped from 2nd to 3rd. I am looking forward to this new year and I am so excited about what is to come.

My husband, Matt and I, have lived in Olive Branch for 17 years with our three sons Blake, Mason, and Elijah. Blake is 25 and married to Courtney Nichols (also a CES teacher.)  Mason is 22 and beginning his senior year at Delta State University, and Elijah is 9 years old and is in 4th grade at Lewisburg Elementary. All of them are the joy of our lives and they keep us very busy.

My philosophy to teaching is that every child can learn and every child has the right to learn. I see no limitations in a child. I expect their best because I always give them mine. I don't allow a child to say "I can't". Those words just make me push harder. I love my job and wouldn't trade it for anything. There is no greater reward than the success of a child who has struggled with a concept and they get it. The light in their eyes makes my year. I hope to see many lights this year. It's why I do what I do.