From a January 17, 2020, Everett Public Schools news release.
In November, Andrew Nicholls was elected to fulfill a six-year term as member of the Everett Public Schools Board of Directors. Due to a mandatory recount, the election results were not certified until December 13, 2019.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020, was the first regular meeting of the board of directors following the certification of the election results, so Nicholls was sworn into office at that time by Judge Laura Van Slyck.
Nicholls earned his BA in Psychology at University of California, Los Angeles, and received his Masters of Social Work from the University of Southern California. He specializes in working with survivors of trauma, persons with chronic mental illness and substance use disorders, as well as crisis intervention as a licensed clinical social worker.
Prior to pursuing higher education, he spent over nine years in the US Army Reserve as a Civil Affairs Specialist, Team Leader, and Korean linguist. He was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and is a combat veteran. Currently, he works as a research social worker at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System’s NW MIRECC.
Nicholls is actively involved with several veterans groups and nonprofits in the greater Puget Sound including Minority Veterans of America, Veterans Rites, IAVA, and the King County Veterans Consortium. He is on the steering committees for the Forefront Suicide Prevention “Safer Homes, Suicide Aware” initiative at the University of Washington School of Social Work and Path with Art’s Veterans Initiative.
He and his wife have two children who will soon be entering school in the district’s north end.