Cecelia Nichols

Cecelia Nichols

Professional Development

2014 Conferences

  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference, Boston April 3-6

2013-2014 Trainings

  • Orientation to Hillsborough County's Online Virtual Library (Online training: October 2013-May 2014)
  • CCSS Deepening the Understanding of the ELA Content (Mastering Skills for Curriculum) Development
  • Applying the CCSS in the 2nd - 5th Grade Classroom (Reading Instruction - Content and Process)

2012-2013 Trainings

  • Text Dependent Questions
  • Common Core State Standards, Mathematics: Deepening Understanding
  • Common Core State Standards, Mathematics: Applying Understanding
  • Book Study-Teach Like a Champion
  • Hot Talk! Cool Moves! Mathematics Training
  • Reading Assessment Training- EasyCBM.com
  • MEATY Math- Grade 2 Place Value and 3 and 4 Digit Numbers
  • Mastering Skills for Curriculum
  • Conscious Discipline  (Understanding Child Development)

Other Trainings with Hillsborough County Public Schools

  • Collaborative Planning and Teaching
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Connecting Nat Geo Science
  • Data Analysis/SIP Plan
  • Discipline in the Secondary Classroom (CHAMPS included)
  • FAIR Assessment Training
  • FCAT RUBRIC Proficiency-UPDATED!
  • Finding your Way with Guided Reading
  • Fluency Mini-Training
  • Foundations of Writing Instruction
  • Grade 2 Hillsborough Writes Rubric
  • Gone Gooney Over Writer's Craft
  • Go Math Overview
  • Go Math! Think Central
  • Higher Order Thinking Skills
  • JABiztown Grade 5
  • K-5 Revision in Writing
  • Literature and Lessons-Elementary
  • Math Online Course: Geometry Title
  • Online Math: Four Operations
  • Rapid Web Designer
  • RTI Modules
  • Running Records Training

My passion to grow as a professional has motivated me to independently attend conferences and workshops outside of Hillsborough County. I recently attended the National Science Teachers Association National Conference in Boston. Last summer, I attended a 4-day Teacher Workshop in Palm Beach County called Indoors and Out: Connecting Classrooms and Nature (Teaching Fundamentals of Ecology).

I have attended talks at the Ecological Society of America (ESA) Annual Conference in New Mexico, and joined the International Reading Association (IRA) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). I am a huge fan of Picture Perfect and have attended the trainings for both intermediate and primary. This past year I had a subscription to NCTM magazine which I read continuously throughout the year.


Currently, I teach in Palm Beach County. I held an interim position at Jupiter Elementary School for 2014-2015, in an English Dual Language position.

Previously, I was a Hillsborough County Public  School teacher with 5 years Title I experience, ranging from grades 2 through 8. I hold a certificate in Elementary Education, Grades K-6 and ESOL. Although I enjoy being self-contained, I am especially passionate about teaching science, math, and writing.

Teaching Inspirations

Today and in days past, my grandparents' teaching careers have provided a source of inspiration for me. My grandparents, Charles and Rita Isom, taught in Plant City for many years. I continue to meet people that share the impact my grandparents' teaching had on their lives.

I am surrounded by people that motivate me to continually reflect and improve upon my teaching skills. My sister is an elementary school teacher in Plant City, and my husband has his doctorate in science education from the University of South Florida. He is currently the program manager for the ASAP Helios STEM education grant at USF in Lakeland, and teaches Elementary Science methods courses. He will begin a new position at Florida Atlantic University in August 2014.  We are always discussing new pedagogical strategies for science education, and he helps motivate me to grow as a professional. We recently attended the NSTA National Conference in Boston. I attended several conferences and workshops including two of my husbands'.  I am hoping to obtain my Master's degree at FAU in math and science education in the not-so-distant future.

Another person that motivates my teaching career is my step-mother, Cecile J. Longfellow. She has dedicated her life to being an exceptional teacher. Her teaching career began in Plant City, and after 34+ years with the school system she recently retired. She was my fourth grade science teacher and was nominated for teacher-of-the-year.

Work experience

Work experience
Aug 2014 - Jun 2015

1st Grade Dual Language

Jupiter Elementary School

Interim Position

Aug 2010 - Present

Grade 2 Self-Contained

Corr Elementary School

I began working at Corr in grade 3. I taught two reading and writing units. My second year at Corr, I began teaching grade 2. This a a self-contained classroom. There are 7 other teachers on my team and we split up the planning. I am in charge of planning the science and math lessons as this is where my passion lies. Although I miss the content of the upper grade levels, I do enjoy working with the younger students.

Aug 2009 - Jun 2010

Grade 5 Math/Science

Springhead Elementary School

I taught Grade 5 Math and Science. One of the math classes was an ESE Co-teaching class.

Oct 2008 - Jun 2009

Grade 7/8 Comprehensive Science

Jennings Middle School

I was a floating science teacher during my first year of teaching.  I taught two 7th grade classes and  three 8th grade classes (both regular and advanced).



SunCoast Area Teacher Training Honors Program

College of Education, USF

I graduated as a member of the SunCoast Area Teacher Training (SCATT) Honors Program. I also volunteered to be on the SCATT Management Team. While a management team member, I helped convince the Tampa East Rotary Club to start funding grants for SCATT students each semester. I also wrote articles for the quarterly newsletter.

May 2008 - Aug 2003

Bachelor of Science

University of South Florida



RRR 1 & 2

Reading Running Record Training Levels 1 and 2, Palm Beach County

LLI , Green

Leveled Literacy Intervention Training

LLI Green Program

FCAT Testing

I have experience administering the FCAT in eighth, fifth, and third grade.

Committee Membership

2012-2013: Math Committee This year, I have served as a weekly "Math Tip Tuesday" on the morning show, demonstrating successful math tips for primary and intermediate students.I have collaborated with other professionals regarding lessons and activities for math night, for the purpose of capturing parent and student interest while support rigorous instruction.   2011-2012: Grant Writing Committee I worked with other members to gain funds for school-wide internet access via obtaining routers. We also assisted teachers with individual scholarships for their classrooms.   2010-2011: Parent Involvement Committee The committee brainstormed ideas to get parents more involved at Corr. Several ideas aimed at getting more fathers involved by way of volunteering inside and outside the classrooms.  


I have been trained on the Smart Board and have used one in my classroom. I also incorporate the use of scanners, projectors, and computers. I am familiar with and have used iStation, Fast Math, Think Central and Renaissance Place. I use free and open source software when possible and create newsletters, spreadsheets and power points to aide in classroom instruction, as well as the organization of and/or the communication with students, parents and administrators.

Professional Learning Communities

Professional Learning Communities have always been apart of my teaching career. Even as an intern at Pizzo Elementary, I participated in a PLC. I have completed book studies about how professional learning communities operate and have been involved in them while at Corr Elementary. PLC's were held once a week in the morning while the students had study hall in the cafeteria. Additionally, every other early release Monday was for PLC's. During this time the team members would discuss student data and would change RTI groups as needed based student needs.

Response to Intervention

I have experience with teaching Tier 1, 2 and 3 RTI groups and providing the correct document and data required to show accountability.



Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum (Grades 5-9)

Florida Department of Education

ESOL Endorsement

University of South Florida
Jun 2012 - Present

Schoolyard Wildlife

Project WILD/ Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Jun 2012 - Present

Growing Up Wild

Project WILD/ Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Jun 2012 - Present

Aquatic Project WILD

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Jun 2012 - Present

Project WILD

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission