Secondary School Principal
Mr. Phil Nikirk started his teaching career as a Special Ed teacher in Anderson after graduating from Ball State University. He gradually became more involved in public school reform efforts, which made him interested in administration. After 13 years of teaching, Mr. Nikirk moved into an administrative role. In his nearly 35 years in education, Nikirk has been an assistant principal and head principal in various schools around Indiana. He’s also coached a number of sports throughout his career, including girls volleyball, basketball, and varsity football and baseball.
Mr. Nikirk came to Heritage in 2014 to assume the assistant principal’s job, and is now Secondary Principal.
Mr. Nikirk loves being able to build relationships with students and staff, working to help Heritage grow, and preparing students to live as Christ-followers in the world.
“To be a small part in that work still excites me,” he said. “Growing up, my grandmother whose faith was unshakeable...always told me that I would be her ‘preacher’ someday. Serving as an Elder for our church and becoming the Secondary Principal at HCS is probably as close as I’ll ever get, but I know she is still proud of me.”
Nikirk enjoys golfing, going to Colts games with his wife, and traveling with his children and grandchildren. He and his wife are blessed with a home in the country and love soaking up time outside in the garden and by the pool.