David Nevins Interviews Claudia Nachtigal, Head of The Highlands School

Claudia T. Nachtigal was appointed Head of The Highlands School in October of 2022 after serving as the Assistant Head of School and Chief Operating Officer at a Virginia independent school. Nachtigal is passionate about The Highlands School’s mission of educating students with learning differences and achievement gaps and looks forward to helping students overcome their struggles to reach new levels of success. Her previous experience in teaching, parachurch and church planting, counseling, mediation, business, and law makes her a well-established and proven organizational leader.

Originally from Greenville, SC, she grew up in Richmond, VA, and attended Virginia Commonwealth University for Vocal Music and Education. She also attended Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Arts in Theological Studies. Most recently, she earned a Certificate in Advanced Educational Leadership from Harvard University. She has earned numerous prestigious awards including being named Teacher of the Year in Newport News Public Schools and earning a full scholarship to a short-term study program at the University of Oxford, UK.

Nachtigal is married and has two children ages 24 and 22.

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David Nevins is president & CEO of Nevins & Associates, a highly regarded strategic communications company and proactive public relations partner. The firm’s regional and national client base is a unique mix of organizations across a variety of industries including: healthcare, professional service firms, finance, not-for-profits, distributors, state agencies, national media companies, technology, political and grassroots campaigns, real estate development, sporting events, and more.

With more than 30 years of experience in marketing, public relations, and community and government relations, David is a talented and seasoned executive. Prior to founding Nevins & Associates in 1983, David served as the Director of Marketing for both Towson University and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In 2001, he was tapped by the CEO of Comcast to employ his marketing expertise as President of the company’s regional sports network, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. David is a Past President of the Board of Governors for the Center Club and is a former Chairman of the Board of Regents for the University System of Maryland, a position to which he was appointed by the Governor of Maryland. David has chaired the Maryland Public Broadcasting Commission and the Maryland Higher Education Loan Corporation, served as President of both the Jewish National Fund and the Towson Business Association and was a member of the PNC Bank board.

David is highly involved in the business, civic, and political communities, and his many years of active leadership in numerous organizations have built a network of contacts that he regularly puts to use for the firm’s clients. For more information, visit www.nevinspr.com.