Nicole is Program Specialist in Instructional Technology and World Languages for San Juan Unified School District in Northern California. Prior to that, she spent 24 years teaching French to grades 3 through 12, including AP French Language. Recognized as a PBS Digital Media Learning Innovator in 2016, she is also the 2015 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year, winner of the 2010 Jane Ortner Educating through Music Award and was a finalist for California State Teacher of the Year in 2012. Nicole is very active in professional organizations. In addition to ISTE, she is a president of the Foreign Language Association of Greater Sacramento, a board member of the California Language Teachers Association and she also serves on the Leadership Team of the Capital Foreign Language Project.
Nicole currently serves as a member of the Instructional Quality Commission, the primary advisory body to the California State Board of Education, where she is the chair of the World Language Subject Matter Committee and a member of the ELA, VAPA and Computer Science Subject Matter Committees. She is the founder of the Read Around the World Program and organizes additional opportunities for students to experience languages and cultures outside of the classroom. She is a sought after keynote speaker and facilitator of professional learning and has presented on a variety of topics at local, state and national workshops since 1999 and has received several grants for study in France and Canada.
In 2012, she became a Google Certified Teacher and is currently a Level 2 Google Certified Innovator.
In January, 2014, she was chosen by National Geographic as one of five representatives of their Geo-Educator program and is featured in their promotional video. In March of 2014, she was a runner-up in the Hilton Teacher Treks grant competition.
She enjoys figure skating, calligraphy, singing, musical theater and travel.