Our Principal



Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. Susan Nichols

Welcome to the Charlotte Engineering Early College (CEEC) web page.  On this site, you will find important information about our school.  CEEC is a very busy place and our website will keep you informed on all school updates.

The staff at CEEC is dedicated to ensuring that our school has a safe and orderly environment.  We have created a school culture where teaching and learning is paramount.  Disruptions to the learning environment will not be tolerated.  We will set expectations during the first semester and will continue to enforce our expectations throughout the school year.  Students are required to work in small groups in every classroom, every day.  Project-Based Learning allows students to interact with fellow students to produce meaningful, relevant work.  Technology is a key component in every classroom.

Students at CEEC are selected using the CMS Student Lottery Process.  Rising 9th grade students may apply to be admitted for the fall of each year.  The CMS School Options Lottery begins in early December​ and ends in late January.  Students are only admitted at the beginning of the 9th and 10th grades.

On behalf of the entire staff at CEEC, I wish each of you all the best.  CEEC is a very special place to be.  I’m honored and humbled to serve as principal of such an innovative and exciting school program. If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Go Miners!
Dr. Susan Nichols

Dr. Susan Nichols is in her 26th year as an educator. She is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and graduated from Davie High School.  She received an undergraduate degree in Spanish/French Education (K-12) from the University of Alabama (Birmingham).  Dr. Nichols began her teaching career in Birmingham, Alabama, at E.B. Erwin High School. She also taught Spanish and French at Hoover High School in Hoover, Alabama.

Dr. Nichols moved to Charlotte in the summer of 2002 and was a Spanish teacher at Butler High School.  In 2007, Dr. Nichols was accepted into the Masters in School Administration (MSA) program at UNC Charlotte.  She completed her coursework at UNC Charlotte and her administrative internship at Northwest Cabarrus High School in Concord, NC.  She received her Master's of School Administration degree from UNC Charlotte in 2009.

In June 2009, Dr. Nichols was hired as an assistant principal at Northwest Cabarrus High School.  After three years at Northwest Cabarrus, Dr. Nichols was appointed the principal of Concord Middle School in July 2012.  She served as principal of Concord Middle School for two years.  While at Concord Middle, the school exceeded growth expectations and placed first in the district.  The implementation of PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) saw great results in the reduction of out of school/in school suspensions along with strong behavioral supports in place for students.

In July 2014, Dr. Nichols was named principal of Eastover Elementary School in Charlotte, NC.  Dr. Nichols recently started her 10th year at the school. During her tenure at Eastover, the school increased academic gains and growth as well as provided effective supports for students in both academics and behavior.

Dr. Nichols and her husband, Bryan, have three daughters: Alexis (27), Kelsey (23) and Shelby (16) and two miniature dachshunds, Dobby and Sadie. Dr. Nichols loves football--especially the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!), traveling to new places, and visiting her family and friends in England.