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Keith  Nuckolls

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We want to welcome all students and their families to Fannin County Middle School!  What a great privilege and responsibility it is for us, and we gladly accept the challenge  Our goals are to serve our students and their families, positively influence the minds and hearts of the young people in this community, and to prepare each student for current and future challenges that will face them. We want their intellect and their decision-making skills to grow, mesh, prosper, and flourish to give them the best chance to reach their hopes and dreams.  But we also want to assist in building a lifestyle of confidence and high expectations. We will do our very best to help accomplish these goals that ‘together’ we set for our young people.


My name is Keith Nuckolls. I originate from Marietta, Georgia, but have lived most of my life in the NC mountains. I graduated from Hayesville (NC) High School, attended and graduated from Piedmont College with an undergraduate Major in History, and double minors in Mathematics and Education (1983). I had the blessed calling to be a high school teacher and coach for twenty years prior to moving into administration in 2004. Western Carolina University is where I received a Masters’ Degree in School Administration, and have since been a school adminstrator in the Clay County (NC) Schools System  I became the High School Principal at Swain County HS in Bryson City, NC and would later return to Hayesville to be the Principal at Hayesville High School. I was hired in this great system in May 2016 and have served as the Middle School Principal since that time.


My wife, Carla, and I have been married for 36 years. We are blessed with three wonderful children-Alicia, Bradley, and Caleb, a son-in-law, Christopher and daughter-in-law, McKenzie. We have four grandchildren that make us smile often! I am thankful for the opportunity to serve this faculty, your children, and this community. Come be a part of our growth and success at FCMS!