Nicole hails from the Midwest. She grew up in Milwaukee, WI and moved to Minneapolis, MN to pursue her studies in education. At the University of Minnesota, Nicole earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees in Elementary Education. One of her favorite aspects of student teaching was working with diverse populations of students in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Nicole made the transition to sunny California last September. For the majority of the past school year, Nicole worked as a long-term substitute in both 3rd and 4th grade. Providing authentic learning experiences filled with hands-on projects, inquiry, collaboration, and critical thinking is a passion of Nicole's. Her classroom community celebrates diversity, kindness, and growth mindset. When not teaching, Nicole loves to read, cook, attend exercise classes, and explore the outdoor beauty of California.