Leadership and Governance

Head of School

Christopher Burner

Christopher Burner joined the Nichols School community in 2019 as the 13th Head of School. Chris joined Nichols from Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio, where he served as Head of School for 11 years. Before becoming Head of School, Chris served as Western Reserve’s Dean of Faculty & Administration and Director of Admission & Financial Aid. He also taught Latin and coached football, wrestling and lacrosse.

Chris holds a bachelor’s degree from Franklin and Marshall College and two master’s degrees from Dartmouth College and Harvard University.




Head of Upper School

Aranya Maritime

Dr. Aranya Maritime joined the Nichols School faculty in 2001 as an Upper School English teacher and, in 2005, she was appointed the Head of the Upper School. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College, a master’s degree from Boston College and a doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo. In addition to her years at Nichols, Aranya was a teacher’s assistant at both Boston College and the University at Buffalo. Outside of teaching, Aranya conducts the Cardio Class and is the advisor for Nichols’ Mock Trial team. Outside of Nichols, Aranya enjoys biking and exploring all Buffalo has to offer with her kids.



Head of Middle School

Paul Errickson

Paul Errickson and his wife, Lolly, joined the Nichols School family in 2010 when Paul was appointed to be the Head of the Middle School. Previously, he was Director of the Middle School at The Good Hope School in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He earned a master’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of New Hampshire and most recently received a master’s degree in Independent School Leadership from Columbia University in 2011. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Conservation from the University of New Hampshire. Most recently, Paul was Head of Middle School at North Yarmouth Academy. He also taught biology, coached soccer and skiing, and led faculty committees. Paul is a certified Eagle Scout and enjoys hiking, competing in triathlons and spending time with his wife and two daughters.


Our aim is to train minds, bodies and hearts for the work of life, and to carry into all we do the highest ideals of character and service.

Fast facts
Average Class Size: 14
Student/Teacher Ratio: 8:1
Acres: 30
Founded: 1892
Average Enrollment: 555
Boy/Girl Ratio: 50% / 50%
Endowment: $30 million
AP Classes: 20

Pursuit of Excellence
At Nichols, inspired teachers and students are committed to a quality standard of learning and achievement in all aspects of school life.

Integrity of Character
Our community strives to cultivate each student's sense of responsibility, compassion, honesty, and self-discipline, producing confident and ethical young people.

Tradition and Change
Grounded in the wisdom of the past, we stimulate adaptive and innovative abilities to prepare our students for the future.

Rigor and Balance
Our challenging expectations and structured environment bring out potential. Each student is encouraged to find the balance among academic, artistic, athletic and extra-curricular involvements.

Diverse Community
Nichols School reflects the region's neighborhoods and the wider world, building mutual respect and understanding. In our daily school life, we strive to be a caring community for each individual.