Welcoming New Faculty and Staff

Nichols School is happy to introduce the following new members of our faculty and staff:

Katherine Austen will join Nichols Middle School as a math teacher. Austen graduated from Canisius College with a dual degree in Mathematics and Adolescence Education, and earned a master's degree in Mathematics Education: Adolescence from the University at Buffalo. For the past nine years, Austen taught eighth grade math and algebra for Sweet Home Central Schools, where she was a mentor for student and pre-student teachers. Austen earned her tenure in 2011. She was also a professor and tutor for Canisius College's Higher Education Opportunity Programs for six years. Austen was recognized by the Association for the Tutoring Profession as a Master Tutor, and received the Thomas W. Fitzsimons Award in Adolescence Education and Dr. William M. Huebsch Award in Mathematics from Canisius College. She enjoys gardening, hiking, kayaking, tennis and skiing in her spare time.

Jesse Baier '05 returns to Nichols School as the Director of Marketing and Communications. Baier graduated from Canisius College with a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies and an Integrated Marketing Certification. Before Nichols, Baier worked for the Corporate Communications and Marketing departments at Delaware North. She most recently worked as a public relations, marketing and events consultant for Delaware North and other companies throughout the United States and Canada. She spent a number of years on the Nichols School Alumni Board, and received the American Advertising Federation Leadership Award and Service Award from Canisius College. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and dog Gus.

Martha Hunt joined Nichols School as a Business Office Associate in February 2017 after working for a medical manufacturing company for the past 20 years. Hunt has worked in accounts payable, accounts receivable and as an Assistant Controller. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening and walking.

Dan Rabb joins Nichols School as an Upper School math teacher. Rabb received a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Buffalo State College, and a master's degree in Applied Mathematics from Florida State University. For the past 13 years, Rabb taught calculus, trigonometry and differential equations, among other mathematical subjects, at Jamestown Community College. There, he also served as an academic advisor, as the faculty advisor for the Anime Club, and as a liaison to high school teachers involved in their College Connections program. Rabb was also an adjunct instructor of statistics and pre-calculus at Erie County Community College.

We are also pleased to announce that Greg Plumb '96, current eighth grade science teacher, has been named the Middle School Dean of Students. After graduating from Nichols, Plumb attended Miami University in Ohio, majoring in zoology. Upon returning to Western New York, he taught math at Mt. St. Joseph Academy. He then enrolled at Canisius College, earning his masters in science education while working at Hamburg High School as a biology teacher and basketball coach. Plumb accepted a teaching position at Nichols in the fall of 2003. He has worked primarily in the 8th grade teaching science, while also assuming duties in the math and physical education departments. During the past three years, he has worked as Team Leader for the 8th grade, and founded the A-LEG (Advancement of Leadership in the Eighth Grade) program to develop mentorship opportunities between juniors and 8th graders. Plumb coached varsity basketball for 9 years and in 2010 won the Class A NYS Championship and earned 2010 NYS Class A Coach of the Year.