B.A. in Sociology and American Studies Minor, College of the Holy Cross. After graduating as the 2004 Valedictorian of Holy Cross, Nicole joined Teach For America in the Rio Grande Valley as a 6th and 8th grade history teacher and grade level leader. Passionate about preparing all students to succeed in college, Nicole became a founding English and social studies teacher at an open enrollment charter school, Quest College Preparatory in 2006. Nicole served as the eighth grade team leader, wrote humanities curriculum for the school district, and supported new teachers as the Social Studies Content Specialist for Teach For America. In 2008, Nicole transitioned into her current role as the Assistant Principal and Academic Coach for Quest, an expanding school in McAllen, Texas, which currently serves grades six through eleven.