To become a servant leader using my talents to help students gain success in the virtual classroom
Throughout my educational career I have clung to the following truth: Students are the center of education and should therefore be the center of our decision making process.
In order to lead one must have the capacity to serve a diverse population and listen and communicate effectively. My success thus far is greatly attributed to my ability to lead both my students and colleagues through building relationships, listening and effective communicating.
My curriculum development experience, both in my former county and at Florida Virtual School, has enabled me to develop relationships across teams and work towards solutions that are best for student success and real world application. My experience in the classroom has equipped me to maintain a positive relationship with others while still maintaining a leadership role guiding students toward success in the classroom and beyond.
I know that my experience and high level of communication will contribute positively to infuse 21st century skills into the educational world- always staying mindful of why we are here, the success of the student.
"I have had a great many phone conversations over the last three days and seemingly no matter to whom I speak - other SMEs, Curriculum Specialists, Project Managers and folks in Instruction - both of your names appear to keep bubbling up (read: you two have a considerable number of raving fans!)
Just wanted to pass along the love, celebrate you both and encourage you two to keep up the great work."
(Note: This comment is refrencing a co worker and I who work closely together)
-Former Supervisor" I just wanted to thank you for being such a great teacher. It has been an enormous pleasure having you as one of his teachers. I wish ALL teachers were like you."
- Instant message from a FLVS parent
" She helped me A LOT, she made sure I was on pace and showed me different ways to stay on pace that best fit my lifestyle."
-Former FLVS student, Customer Service Data" I just wanted to thank you for the help with my daughter. She started the GED program last week and loves it!!! You are one of those few exceptional teachers who went above and beyond to help my daughter. Thanks so much and I will keep you posted on her progress."
- Email from an FLVS parent
"She was very interested in me and was very helpful and nice"
- Former FLVS student, Customer Service Data
"An extraordinary teacher! She is dedicated to her students and empowers them toward academic achievement.."
" Nicole is an extremely hard working individual who wants to do well on any task she is given"
-Former Hertz Supervisor
Oct 2008 - Present
Subject Matter Expert
Collaborating across teams with designers, teachers, curriculum specalists, project managers and other SMEs to develop and write 21st century content for courses in redevelopment.
- Visited a Legislator on behalf of FLVS
- Originated, Planned, and Led SME Summit Meeting
- WOW Training
Dec 2007 - Oct 2008
7th/8th Grade Science Instructor
Equipping students with 21st century skills to ensure their future success. As an instructor I empowered students, collaborated with coworkers and maintained relationships with my students resulting in outstanding customer service data.
- Presented Portfolio Example at Staff Conference Break Out Session
- Visited Legislator on behalf of FLVS
- Attended National Middle School Conference
- Quantum Training
Dec 2005 - Dec 2007
6th Grade Science Teacher
- Developed Lesson Essential Question based science curriculum for Polk County
- Learning Focused Solutions year long extensive curriculum training and implementation with district accountability
- Inputted 6th grade science curriculum into the county system
- Led teacher training on ways to capture student’s attention in the classroom
- Developed pre, mid and post tests for science department
- Awards Ceremony Committee Chair
- Teacher of the Month (X2)
- Saturday School Remediation Teacher
- After School Care Teacher
Aug 2007 - Dec 2007
Biology Adjunct Instructor
Communicating effectively within a team to assist full time Instructors in obtaining maximum efficiency within their classrooms
Jun 2005 - Aug 2005
Management Trainee - Internship
Managed day to day operations and working employees of Hertz local edition Universal accounts. After the internship, I was offered full time employment, but chose to use my leadership abilites coupled with my passion to make a difference to pursue a career in education.