Flotilla Command Executive Protections Specialist School Boating Class Jim Nickles with Schools Jim conducting checks


Jim has called Kissimmee home for the past 30 years in District 1 after moving down from the resort town of Ocean City, New Jersey. He has extensive experience in hospitality management with professional certification as a Certified Hospitality Administrator. In addition to his hospitality background, Jim worked for Orange County Public Schools as an industry services coordinator and instructor for what is now Orange Technical College in Winter Garden.

In addition to being the Director of Sales for the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Orlando – South Lake Buena Vista, he serves on the Osceola Chamber Tourist Council as co-chair, serves on the West 192 Development Advisory Board, West 192 Safety Group co-chair, Orange Technical College Lodging Operations Advisory Committee, Florida Association of Student Educational Tours board, Student Youth Travel Association, and the City of Orlando Mayor’s Veterans Council.

Jim serves locally in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 070-17-10 Osceola as Flotilla Commander and Coast Guard Agency Representative for Osceola County Emergency Operation Center.

Jim's wife Laura is a chemistry teacher at Gateway High School and they have raised two children in Osceola County Public Schools. Amanda is a graduate of Celebration High School and also works in the hospitality industry. Jack is a recent graduate from Gateway High School and will be serving honorably in the U.S. Coast Guard as a Boatswain’s mate.

anchor ISSUES

Academic success of all students which should include a well rounded exposure to athletics, the arts and vocational programs.

School safety and security that includes documenting all reports and maintaining School Resource Officers in all of our schools.

Rebuilding collaborative relationships with teachers and staff to ensure that the entire district is focused on student success.

Real world experiences that include internships for high schoolers that prepare them for the workforce of tomorrow.

Professionalism and Decorum at the board meetings. Leadership is modeled and people are watching.


As a Gateway High School Chemistry Teacher, my wife Laura is my inspiration. We have had many dinner conversations about the various issues our schools face and what we can do to show our teachers the appreciation and respect they deserve. I have dedicated my entire professional career to serving others and have been privileged with the opportunity to meet many people from different walks of life. One thing I know for certain, is that almost everyone believes in safeguarding a world-class education for their children. Students deserve professional, caring, and high standard education in a safe learning environment. I appreciate you taking the time to visit my website and I humbly ask for your vote to be your next school board member for District 1. I promise to be a professional with laser like focus on student achievement and being a good steward of taxpayer dollars. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you may have. I look forward to earning your vote.



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