Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove. O no, it is an ever fixed mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken; It is the star to every wand'ring barque, Whose worth's unknown although his height be taken. Love's not time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks Within his bending sickle's compass come; Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, but bears it out even to the edge of doom.  If this be error and upon me prov'd, I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

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(Above:  Dr. Nicolai in his college days.)


Dr. Nicolai has taught in the English department at Central High School since 1975.  He holds degrees from the University of Michigan (BA,) Southeast Missouri State University (MA,) and Southern Illinois University (PhD.) Dr. Nicolai's regular elective classes include Debate (usually  one semester each year,) British and Western Literature I, British and Western Literature II, and Shakespeare and His Times.  Brit Lit and Shakespeare usually alternate years.  (Shakespeare currently holds the years ending in odd numbers, and so is scheduled for the academic years 2010-11, 2012-13, and 2014-15.)  For the academic year 2011-2012, Dr. Nicolai is scheduled to teach English II (including Honors English II,) English III, Shakespeare and Debate.


Dr. Nicolai has coached the Speech and Debate Team since 1997.  The team

 holds charter membership in the National Forensic League, a national

 speech and debate honorary society.  In 2009-2010, nineteen members of

the team earned twenty-six honorary degrees from the NFL.  You can

 learn more about Speech and Debate here:  


Dr. Nicolai has worked with the Academic Competition Team since 2002.  As head

coach since 2005, he has led the team to  five District championships, two Sectional

 championships, five State tournaments and one Final Four. You can jump to the

 Academic Team page here: