Dr. Washer has served as superintendent for over 19 years and is currently one of the longest sitting superintendents among California’s largest districts with 14 years in Lodi Unified. When the Lodi USD Board of Education appointed Dr. Nichols-Washer as superintendent in July 2008, she became the first woman superintendent in the District’s history.
Throughout her tenure, Dr. Nichols-Washer has sought to make the District an education destination that “educates students for success.” Under Dr. Nichols-Washer’s leadership, Lodi USD has experienced significant growth and positive change. This has included, but has not been limited to, the increase of student academic achievement each year, development of new career technical education (CTE) courses, implementation of intervention and support services for students, expansion of counseling services, renewed focus on security and safety, a successful $280 million bond effort for state of the art facilities, implementation of the 1:1 Home to School Connection Initiative that supports students’ access to digital resources, and the creation of the Giving Opportunities to Kids (GOT Kids) Foundation, which is a community based nonprofit organization.
Dr. Nichols-Washer began her career in the classroom as a teacher in the Manteca Unified School District (MUSD) and shortly after began teaching in Sacramento. She held site level and district office administrative positions in Stockton Unified and Patterson Joint Unified. Dr. Nichols-Washer received her Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Davis and her teaching credential and master’s degree in Educational Administration from the California State University, Sacramento. In addition, Dr. Nichols-Washer received her Doctorate Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Pacific. Prior to joining Lodi USD, Dr. Nichols-Washer served as the superintendent for MUSD and was the first female superintendent in MUSD history.
She has presented to local and state-wide audiences on women in leadership and is an advocate for supporting girls in developing leadership skills. In addition to serving the community through Rotary, she is a Board Member for two nonprofit organizations as well as the Lodi Chamber of Commerce. She is a founding member of Women Together International, a local organization that was started in 2019 with the shared vision to provide networking, learning, and mentoring opportunities to women.
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