About:Nicole graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Studies and a Bachelor of Education (Honours) from Brock University. She is certified by the Ontario College of Teachers to teach both primary and junior levels, however, she is particularly passionate about mathematics! Nicole has additional qualification in Special Education and Junior/Intermediate Geography, but has plans for future professional development in English as a Second Language and Mathematics. Also Nicole is a trained instructor in the Wilson Reading System.
Nicole has been working with children in a variety of settings for over 7 years, and her passion continues to grow with every year. She believes that every child has the ability to succeed and enjoys working one on one with students to help them achieve their full potential. Her teaching philosophy stems from three key ideas: developing trust, developing a growth mindset, and making learning fun. She believes that in order for a student to learn, they must first feel safe and have trust in their teacher. For that reason, her first lesson is usually an introductory lesson where she has a chance to get to know the student, and they get to know her. Not only will this build trust, it will also allow her to get to know the student so that she can gear her lessons toward the student's specific learning needs. She is also a great believer in the importance of developing a growth mindset. Before any learning can happen, a child needs to be open to making mistakes and understand that th ey an inevitable, crucial step in learning and growing. She believes this to be one of the first steps to success, and focuses on developing self-confidence through encouragement and positive reinforcement. Finally, she is very enthusiastic about learning, and prides herself in her commitment to incorporating students’ passions into her lessons and making learning fun and relevant. Children are a lot more likely to absorb what they’re learning if they are enjoying the process!
Nicole is a very dedicated, patient, creative and enthusiastic individual, who genuinely cares about the well-being of her students. She will help her students become confident learners who are willing to challenge themselves and are comfortable with making mistakes.
During her spare time, Nicole enjoys travelling, playing board games and participating in outdoor activities such as biking, hiking and kayaking.
“If we only did things that were easy, we wouldn’t actually be learning anything. We’d just be practicing things we already knew!” –David Dockterman