Nicole is a Literacy Educational Consultant and a passionate educator beginning her 13th year in education. After over a decade of in-building experience, she has a depth of experience collaborating within grade teams, liaising with families, coaching peers, and partnering with leadership to execute a vision. Nicole began her teaching career as a special educator for the DOE in the Bronx. During her time in district 8, she was able to teach both self-contained and ICT classes, while also serving as her school IEP teacher. Later, she was hired at TEP Charter School as a Literacy Specialist, to address the needs of middle school students struggling with phonics and phonemic awareness. In this role, she also helped train staff on best practices for early reading instruction.
As a special educator and literacy specialist, she’s taught diverse learners aged six to 14 in New York City. In the last six years, much of her work has centered around crafting culturally responsive curriculum and engaging reluctant learners. She is a firm believer that “what” is taught is equally as important as the “how.” Years of research and practice have enabled her to see that students learn best—and retain most—when they are able to access materials that reflect THEM. Her dream work is collaborating with educators to establish respectful techniques for instruction and rigorous curriculum that mirrors the experiences, culture, and history of our students.
She is a proud New York City Teaching Fellow and she earned her Masters of Science in Special Education from CCNY. Her undergraduate degrees in English, Psychology and African American Studies come from Georgetown University.