Nicole embodies a childlike love for the natural world, and has spent the last five years to the present time teaching others to do the same.
Equipped with a degree in Environmental Policy from the University of Oregon, she came to Ashland to continue pursuing her passion for teaching through the dual Master of Science in Environmental Education and Master of Arts and Teaching program at Southern Oregon University. Having completed the Master of Science program she is now focused on finishing her Master of Arts and Teaching and earning her teaching license.
Nicole is not only a dedicated student, but she also is an active community member. Through her graduate assistanship with The Farm at SOU she engages with students, faculty, and community members alike, sharing the work of The Farm, and creating opportunities for engagement. As president of the SOU Bee Club, she has the opportunity to share her passion for pollinators, and educate fellow students about their importance. She also contributes her community-building skills through other board engagement and volunteer work in the Rogue Valley.
When she is not teaching she spends time outside rock climbing, running, hiking, caring for all of her plants and“botanizing” in the forest.