Nici_for_web_2262.jpgNicole has taught French to grades 3 through 12, including AP French Language since 1993. Nicole is very active in professional organizations, including the Foreign Language Association of Greater Sacramento, the California Language Teachers' Association and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Nicole is also a member of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, the American Association of Teachers of French, the International Association of Language Learning Technology, and the International Society for Technology in Education.

She has presented workshops and professional development for sessions ranging from one hour to 40-hour seminars and has presented in person and online (using virtual class environments) to audiences around the world. Her presentations address multiple aspects of research-based best-practices for world language teaching.

Nicole has been honored with the following recognition, among others:
  • 2015 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year
  • 2014 Southwest Conference on Language Teaching Teacher of the Year
  • Winner of the 2010 Jane Ortner Educating through Music Award for the curriculum guide presented on this site
  • 2011-2012 San Juan Teacher of the Year
  • 2012 Sacramento County Teacher of the Year
  • Finalist for 2012 California State Teacher of the Year
  • California Language Teachers Association Outstanding Teacher Award
  • Foreign Language Association Outstanding Teacher Award
  • Recognized for the work in which students are engaged by Hilton Hotels, National Geographic, the Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques, and even a Guinness World Record.

Nicole achieved National Board Certification in 2003 (and is currently seeking renewal) and earned her M.Ed in 2006. She currently teaches French at Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks.

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