The Arkadelphia Board of Education is pleased to announce the hiring of Ms. Nikki Thomas as the next Arkadelphia School District Superintendent. Ms. Thomas has held the position of Superintendent in the Gurdon Public School District since July 2020.
Ms. Thomas has already been in the Arkadelphia Public School District for 21 years before taking the Gurdon Superintendent’s position. She has served as principal at each of the current APSD campuses as well as the Arkadelphia High School Assistant Principal. She began her career in Arkadelphia as a classroom teacher at Goza Middle School. Ms. Thomas also worked in the Bismarck Public School District as the K-12 Curriculum Coordinator.
Ms. Thomas has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Ouachita Baptist University. She received her Educational Specialist (EdS) and Curriculum Specialist as well as her Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Henderson State University. Ms. Thomas is currently enrolled at Arkansas Tech University working toward a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.
Ms. Thomas starts her new position in Arkadelphia as Superintendent beginning July 1, 2022. She is “extremely honored and humbled to have the opportunity to come home to my alma mater as superintendent. I am excited to give back to the learning community that nurtured me and helped me grow personally and professionally. It is my desire that all Arkadelphia students have that same, strong support system in place to help them achieve their goals. I am very excited to get started next month! It's always a great day to be a Badger!”
Dr. Casey Motl, President of the Arkadelphia School Board stated, “Nikki Thomas has dedicated her entire professional life to championing the interests of kids at every conceivable level. She has a love for Arkadelphia and a passion to see our district thrive. The Board of Directors has unqualified confidence in her ability to extend the momentum that we have built in Arkadelphia Public Schools and lead us toward new pinnacles of prosperity, growth, and student achievement in academics, athletics, and the arts. We are delighted to say to her, ‘Welcome home!’”
Nikki Thomas has two daughters, Kacie, a 2018 AHS Graduate, and Jancey, AHS Class of 2025.