Thank You For Being Such A Vital Part Of Our Team, Stephanie Nicoletti! We Look Forward To Sharing More About You So Others Can Get To Know You Better!
Tell us a bit about your backstory and what lead you down your current life path.
I have been in education for over a decade. I started my career at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Marquette’s educational philosophy focuses on the whole child and serving our community. I have worked in both high and low-income schools, and working with students in need shines as a passion for me. I am eager to continue this passion with Educate. Radiate. Elevate.
What or who inspired you to pursue your career?
My career is inspired not only by the students that I work with daily but also by the community I serve. Also, I have been lucky to work with inspirational leaders in the past, and this has motivated me to continue to pursue my career in education as a teacher mentor also.
What is one thing you are proud of achieving in your life?
Professionally, I am proud of my ability to continue my education whether it was undergraduate, master’s, or an educational endorsement. Personally, I am proud to have achieved running 3 marathons. Both of these have taken a great deal of determination and perseverance, and I am proud to have accomplished them.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to run, read, and spend time with my husband, my dog, teddy, and my family! I am going to be doing a half marathon this fall and a duathlon (bike/run) this summer! I am currently reading The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley. My husband and I have 11 nieces and nephews so when we are not traveling or spending time together we are with them!
Tell about an amazing trip you took. Where did you go and what did you enjoy most?
My husband and I took an amazing trip to the San Juan Islands off of Washington State. The Pacific Northwest is absolutely beautiful, we did a lot of whale watching, (seeing an orca in the wild is on my bucket list!) We struck out on seeing orcas (San Juan Island is known for its whales, especially orcas) so needless to say we will be going back! Everything about the island is beautiful and relaxing, and you feel like you are in a different country, while still being here in the U.S.
Is there something exciting you are working on now? What is it and why did you choose to start it?
At my current school, I have arranged for New York Times Bestseller and children’s author, Aaron Reynolds, to come to our school. We were looking for opportunities to bring to our Title 1 school. This is exposure to our students that they may never have received and will serve as an engaging lesson that promotes creativity for our students.
Share one professional development goal and one personal goal you have for the upcoming year.
One professional goal I have is to continually improve my curriculum integration while being a technology coach in my school. I love being able to mentor and coach teachers so I want to continue to grow and be involved in this aspect of my career. Personally, I want to continue physical and mental health wellness.
Please share your favorite Life Lesson quote. How is it relevant to your life?
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” This was a quote my mom shared with me when I was younger and it has always resonated with me. It reminds me that the loudest voice is not always the most courageous and that it is ok to have bad days. Courage comes in many different forms and trying again is always a courageous option.
Why did you choose to be a Committee Member of Educate. Radiate. Elevate.?
I chose to be a committee member of Educate. Radiate. Elevate. because I believe my knowledge and experiences can help support the mission of Educate. Radiate. Elevate in closing the gaps for low-income students.
What about the Educate. Radiate. Elevate.’s Purpose, Mission, and Core Values speaks most to you and why?
Truly every aspect of Educate. Radiate. Elevate.’s whole vision speaks to me. I think the fact Educate. Radiate. Elevate. focuses on students’ abilities to succeed, while also understanding their social and emotional well-being, and trauma response, and all while building positive relationships with each student.