B.A. in Childhood Education from Pace University and M.A. in Literacy Studies from Hunter College. Nicole is heading into her fifth year at the elementary level, and currently teaching second grade at a downtown Manhattan school, P.S. 89. Nicole aspires to be a master teacher-leader at her school. In the next couple of years, she is open to taking on more formal leadership roles, perhaps as an assistant principal, or curriculum supervisor. Nicole believes it is really important to understand children's needs at the classroom level, and then use that insight later on as a building leader.