Thursday, February 9, 2012

About Me

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 dozens of 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 addition, she appeared in a HuffPost Live interview titled, When Special Ed is Not the Answer.

Finally, in her continuing effort to reach out to the parents, teachers, and advocates of children with special needs, Nicole currently cohosts a podcast called "The Inclusive Class Podcast", which airs live on Friday mornings at 12 PM EST via She has had the opportunity to interview experts, authors, teachers and researchers in the field of inclusive education such as Temple Grandin, Dan Habib, Paula Kluth, Cheryl Jorgensen, and Wayne Sailor. 

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!

Sample Work

11 Different Definitions of Inclusion: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Top 10 Things the Classroom Teacher Needs to Know About Your Child with Special Needs

Why Would We Want Inclusive Education?

Designing a Classroom for Inclusive Learning

As Seen In


  1. You should have Rhonda Greenhaw on your show - she is the Director of the Hussman Center for Adults with Autism and is working to create inclusive college opportunities for young adults with autism at Towson University!

  2. Thank you for the suggestion! I contacted her and she will be on the show in January! Stay tuned for details :)

  3. If you haven't heard of the National Inclusion Project, please visit their website at I just returned from their annual gala in Washington, DC. It was amazing. Take a minute and check them out. :)

    Nancy Roseen,
    Warwick, RI

  4. Thank you, Nancy! We actually had Jerry Aiken from the National Inclusion Project on in August! I agree that it is a fantastic organization. Here is the link to the interview: