Thursday, February 9, 2012
Nicole is an Elementary Educator who spent over 15 years working in an inclusive school system in British Columbia, Canada. Together with parents, administrators, co-teachers and paraprofessionals, Nicole taught children with various moderate to severe abilities in her fully inclusive classrooms.
In addition to her work experience in the school system, Nicole held the position of Chairperson for a local member group of the Gifted Children's Association of British Columbia for 4 years. During her time as Chairperson, her group successfully advocated for more appropriate education for the gifted children in her community.
Since moving to the U.S., Nicole uses her wealth of experience to support and raise awareness for the inclusive education of children with special needs. Nicole's belief that ALL children should have equal access to the curriculum drives her desire to share her knowledge with parents and colleagues in order to improve learning conditions for children with various abilities.
In early 2011, Nicole established her blog, The Inclusive Class, where she regularly writes her own content on the topic of inclusive education. She also hosts a Facebook Page, has assembled a LiveBinder of inclusive resources on the internet, curates an online newspaper and tweets regularly as @Inclusive_Class about issues, tips and strategies concerning inclusive education. Pinterest has become her latest venture!
In addition to sharing knowledge and material through her own internet sites, Nicole has written online articles on the topic of inclusion for organizations such as The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities, Special Education Advisor, and The Whole Child. In the Spring of 2012, Nicole will be presenting a Webinar for the Kids With Food Allergies Foundation.
Finally, in her continuing effort to reach out to the parents, teachers and advocates of children with special needs, Nicole currently co-hosts a radio show called The Inclusive Class on Special Needs Talk Radio at www.SpecialNeedsTalkRadio.com. She has had the opportunity to interview and chat with expert guests such as Dan Habib, Paula Kluth, Kathie Snow and Mary Falvey on the topic of inclusive education.
When not spending time in front of her computer, Nicole immensely enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, hanging out with her family, friends and two mischievious Viszlas!