Culler Middle School is a professional learning community with a tradition of service, a culture of collaboration, and a commitment to student learning.


Charles Culler School first opened its doors in 1958 as a combination junior high and elementary school.  The initial enrollment was 285 students.  From 1963 to 1993 Culler was a junior high school with grades seven, eight, and nine.  In 1993 Culler became the middle school we know today for grades six, seven, and eight.  Current enrollment at Culler is approximately 660 students.

The school’s namesake, Charles Culler, began his career in education as a drafting teacher.  Charles Culler continued his personal education and became the assistant principal at Lincoln High School.  In 1922 Charles Culler was named the principal of Whittier Junior High School, he held this position for the next 26 years until 1948.  Charles Culler was a great friend to the youth of Lincoln for many years.

Message from the Principal

Culler Principal, Gary Czapla
Gary Czapla, Principal

Welcome to the 2013/14 school year.  My name is Mr. Gary Czapla, and I am very pleased to have an opportunity to serve as your student’s Principal at Culler Middle School.  We are excited about the upcoming school year and the Culler staff has been busy preparing for the 625+ students who will be attending Culler this school year.  Last year was a great example of the success a school can experience when students, staff and parents work together to promote and support student achievement.  I am very pleased with the academic progress our school made and I am convinced we can continue to see growth this upcoming school year.

At the end of last year, Culler was fortunate to have guest speaker Mike Smith, the founder and executive director of The Bay, a nonprofit skate park and youth center in Lincoln, speak to the students at an assembly.   Mr. Smith challenged students to think about the impact their words and actions have on others and asked students to think about what legacy they want to leave at Culler.  It is a challenge we want our students to embrace and to leave a legacy of excellence.  A legacy which represents courage, leadership, respect, caring and academic achievement.  A legacy which does not tolerate bullying, but promotes the self-worth and upholds the dignity of every individual student.

I also expect that teachers, parents and administrators will work hard to create a legacy for Culler.  As adults, we all need to think about how our actions impact the students and each other.  We owe it to the students to model respect, compassion, understanding, and problem solving when disagreements occur.    We will provide parent(s) and families with information during the course of the school year giving ideas on how to support your students academically and socially.  We have the opportunity to help students at Culler achieve at a high level, and we have to work together and support each other to make the achievement possible.

Thank you for all of your support of Culler Middle School.  Have a great rest of the summer.


Gary Czapla