Dr. Teresa Haig Nicol was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. She is the mother of five children, two girls and three boys. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Brockport State College with a double major in Political Science and African American Studies. She began as a substitute teacher and then became an assistant teacher in Dekalb County School system in Georgia. Eventually, she earned her teacher certification from Breneau University and started her teaching career in Franklin County, Georgia. She taught Math and computer science for twelve years in Georgia. She is certified to teach 6th thru 9th grade Social Studies and Reading in the states of Georgia and New York.
In 2001, Dr. Haig Nicol moved back to New York. She obtained a Masters of Liberal Studies degree from Empire State College, with a focused on Multicultural Education. She has a doctorate from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix Arizona in K-12 Education Leadership.
After moving to Albany, Dr. Haig Nicol worked in Albany City School District as the African Caribbean dance teacher for six years. In 2009, Dr. Haig Nicol joined Green Tech High Charter School and has been there for the past fourteen years. For nine years, she taught Global Studies I and II, Entrepreneurship and African American Studies (college level). Dr. Haig Nicol held the Instructional Leader position for two years, and was the Assistant Principal of Green Tech Middle Charter School for three years. She is inspired every day by the students and families she serves.
Recently, she was named the Acting Principal and CEO of Green Tech High for the school year 2022-2023. Her vision is to continue to provide leadership that supports the successfully educational experiences of each student as they prepare for college. She hopes to continue the high student graduation rate and expand the business and community partnerships Green Tech has throughout Capital Region in New York. She has deep ties in her community as
the Democratic Committee elected official for the past twelve years. She was name “Women of Distinction” in 2017 by the Albany County Democratic Committee, and “Citizen of the Year” by The New York State Chapters of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc..