Our School's Leadership
White has served on the executive board of the New York State School Counseling Association as a Regional Governor since 2018 and also founded the state's Counselors of Color Infinity Group in 2019. In 2019 White was also recognized by NYSSCA for the Outstanding Program, Practice, or Project Award. White routinely presents at the state’s annual school counseling conference and has even presented at national conferences as well. White presented at the National School Counseling Leadership Conference in San Diego, CA in 2020 and 2022, and the American School Counselors Association National in 2023.
Mr. White earned both his building and district level certification from SUNY Plattsburgh. White previously earned his master’s degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in School Counseling from The Sage Colleges. His undergraduate studies were completed at California Lutheran University where he participated in intercollegiate football and was a member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) championship team in 2007.
Mr. White is passionate about education and working with all students while taking a keen interest in working with students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged students, and students of color. His philosophy as a leader is to “lead with empathy while focusing on equity”. He is excited about joining the Green Tech community.
Mr. White grew up in Saratoga Springs and currently resides in Troy. He has a six year old son, Nathaniel. Outside of school, he enjoys playing in an adult kickball league, traveling, trying new restaurants, and spending time with his son.
Principal and CEO
Jaymes White joins the Green Tech family after serving as the Assistant Principal at Tamarac Secondary School for the past three years. While at Tamarac, white was instrumental in advocating for the addition of a School Counselor at the elementary school and leading the district's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts. Prior to becoming an Assistant Principal in 2020, White spent six years as a school counselor at the middle/high school levels in various roles and responsibilities. During White’s time at Saratoga Springs High School, White created the “Academic Advisory” program which was designed to help at-risk students. Due to its success, program enrollment increased 70% from year one to year two.
Dr. Teresa Haig Nicol
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. in 2023. Currently, Dr. Haig Nicol is the Associate Principal of Green Tech High Charter School, elected official for the Democratic Committee in Ward 3 of Albany County.
Dr. Kimberly Davis
Middle School Principal
Dr. Davis has worked in education for the past seventeen years, with the most recent five being spent specifically in educational leadership positions. Prior to coming to Green Tech she had many educational experiences, including: being both a middle school and high school classroom teacher, a college level teacher mentor, and an instructional coach in school districts within Tennessee, Arkansas, and New York.
As for Dr. Davis’s personal education, it includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, a Master of Arts Degree in Secondary Education, and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Organizational Development. By pursuing lifelong learning, she intends to set an example to students and teachers alike to never stop learning and striving for continuous self-improvement.
At her heart Dr. Davis still considers herself a teacher with a passion for education. Throughout her career she has worked with disadvantaged and underserved scholars and has received recognition for her ability to improve students’ academic achievement. She fuels her passion with her effectiveness in increasing student academic achievement through her expertise in effective planning, implementation of best practices, and identification of teachers’ professional needs and students’ academic needs. She specializes in identifying gaps in instructional preparation, instructional delivery, and student learning, and then formulating a plan that addresses those gaps. She also has extensive expertise in teacher preparation and new teacher training to ensure that teachers have a solid foundation to effectively serve their students.
Dr. Davis considers leading the many talented teachers and students at Green Tech Middle a privilege. She has high expectations for Green Tech Middle students, because she wants to see them excel and become productive human beings, who have ample opportunity to become whatever they want to be when they grow up. Her goal is to continue to provide a supportive and safe climate and culture that is conducive to teaching and learning; so that each individual student and teacher can grow to their maximum potential.