Judy Nicholson

Ms. Judy Nicholson

  • Principal

It is a joy to serve in the Willards community and work once again with the students, families, and staff of Willards Elementary School.  Since my departure as an intervention teacher many years ago I began my career in administration.  I have served as an assistant principal for 6 years within Wicomico County Public Schools and as the Principal of Delmar Elementary from 2011 to 2017.  Working with teachers and families to promote instruction and a positive learning experience is my goal for all students in our school. 

I have lived on the Eastern Shore all my life.  Having been raised in my early years in Worcester County and then moving with my family to Wicomico County, where I attended Wicomico County Public Schools; I went on to receive both my Undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and Graduate degree in Administration from Salisbury University.  My husband and I have raised our two children here and our roots run deep. We cannot imagine living anywhere else.

Although working in education is my passion, in my spare time I love being with my family.  Working with and learning about animals of all kinds is one of my favorite pastimes as well. Our dog, cat, and horses keep me well occupied when I am not in school. 

I look forward to greeting and meeting our students and school families each year as together we strive to meet the needs of the children in our community.

Jen Rice

  • Ms. Jennifer Rice

    • Assistant Principal

    I am truly excited to serve as the assistant principal at Wonderful Willards Elementary! This is my seventh year at Willards and my thirteenth year in Wicomico County. Prior to relocating to the eastern shore of Maryland, I resided in Baltimore where I was a teacher for 9 years and an assistant principal for 4 years. I received my Masters Degree in Administration from Towson University.



    I am looking forward to continuing to work closely with the staff, students and parents at Willards. Working together sends students the message that learning is a continuous effort for everyone involved in the process and that all stakeholders believe in each and every child's ability to succeed. Active parental support combined with our best professional efforts, enables academic success for ALL students.

    We encourage you to visit our amazing school and watch the magical moments of arts integration, outstanding instruction and the positive relationships throughout the school community. Please feel free to contact me if there is anything I can do to support your child! On a personal note, my husband Brad and I, and our daughter, Isabella, reside in Bishopville. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, attending any sporting event, boating, going to the beach and reading a good book! I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou.