Nicole Sanchez joined Avenues in the fall of 2018 as a head teacher in a Spanish section of the Lower Division. She most recently served as a 4th grade classroom teacher at Academia Cotopaxi International School in Ecuador, where she designed and delivered instruction in all subject areas. Other teaching experience includes a 5th grade classroom lead teacher at PS 89Q in Queens and a kindergarten through 3rd grade ESL teacher at Hyde Leadership Charter School in the Bronx.
Nicole has also served in leadership positions at the American School of Quito in Ecuador, more recently as the Curriculum and IB PYP Coordinator from nursery through grade 6, where she designed and delivered professional development for over 130 teachers in the primary section and created transdisciplinary, standards-based units and curriculum maps for all grade levels. Prior to this role, Nicole was the assistant principal of the primary section, where she supervised and evaluated 20 full-time classroom teachers and worked to develop the primary English curriculum.
Nicole has presented at the Association of American Schools in South America (AASSA) Conference and the Journeys to Inclusion Conference. She has also conducted research through Boston College investigating the effects of read-alouds on English language learners, which resulted in the creation of a handbook and training video that continues to be used with supervisors and pre-service teachers in the Boston College School of Education. Her work has also been published in the book Literacy and Bilingualism, by Maria Brisk.
Nicole received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Hispanic Experience from Boston College, where she also obtained a Masters of Education. She has also received an Educational Leadership Certificate through the State University of New York at Buffalo.
In her spare time, Nicole enjoys reading and walking with her pug, Lola.