Nicole is joining the Tiggy Winkles class with Leslie for the upcoming 2018 school year. She just earned her Master’s degree through a graduate teacher education program through the University of Colorado – Denver. All of her previous work experiences have involved working with young children and adolescents, including working as a teacher at Boulder Journey School, as a nanny, as a camp counselor at Teton Valley Ranch Camp, and as a YMCA after school group leader. She received her undergraduate degree from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, with a degree in Applied Vocal Music. She grew up in Florida and Southern California, and then moved between North Carolina, Wyoming, Kentucky, Virginia, and now Colorado. She finally feels settled out West where she’s always felt most at home. In her free time, she enjoys backpacking, hiking, camping, fly fishing, traveling, and trying new restaurants. Her path has always felt directed towards education and young children, and she is looking forward to seeing that dream come to fruition this year at Paddington Station Preschool.
For most of my early childhood and adolescent life, I was a child who disliked school. What I didn’t realize, but now understand, is that I loved learning. I just wasn’t in an environment where my “type” of learning was valued, encouraged, and supported.
I hope that in my role as an educator, I can create a space where children feel safe, inspired, and championed to learn in ways that best fit their interests and needs. Working with children serves as a reminder that I am a lifelong learner. It is incredibly rewarding to experience discoveries, wonderings, and a developing love of learning on a daily basis.
It’s a dream come true to work at a school like Paddington and to partner with families to allow for freedom of expression and individual explorations.