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Nicole Kent

Hey there, I am Nicole Kent, a third grade teacher at K.L. Carver Elementary School in San Marino, California. I’m thrilled to say I have been an educator for 18 years, in both kindergarten and third grade settings. I have had the pleasure of teaching children from 5 years old to 9 years old, and honestly I can’t say which I hold closer to my heart. I just love the little ones, they are so honest and eager to learn.

In preparation for my career as an educator, I attended California State University, San Bernardino, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in liberal studies. From there I went on to attend Azusa Pacific University, where I earned a master’s degree in education. Additionally, I hold a State of California Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, as well as a Crosscultural, Language, and Academic Development (CLAD) Certificate.

In my personal life, every free moment is filled with some new adventure. I am the mother to three wonderful children. Chelsie, my daughter, is finishing up her education at the University of La Verne in the communication field. I also have twin 9-year-old boys, Cooper and Logan — they drive me crazy and I wouldn’t trade that craziness for anything! My children love to fill their free time with sports, and on the sports field, I have earned the nickname The Cookie Mom, as I put my passion and talent of baking to good use feeding the hungry fans.

Besides elementary school teaching, I am an adjunct professor at the University of La Verne, in the College of Education and Organizational Leadership. There I have been given the opportunity to share what I have learned over the years working in the classroom with young adults pursuing a career as educators.

I believe that each student is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is inviting and stimulating to them.

There are three elements that I believe are conducive to establishing such an environment: (1) the teacher acting as a guide, (2) allowing the student's natural curiosity to direct his/her learning, and (3) promoting respect for all things and all people. For students to construct knowledge, they need the opportunity to discover for themselves and practice skills in authentic situations. Providing students access to hands-on activities and allowing adequate time and space to use materials that reinforce the lesson being studied creates an opportunity for individual discovery and construction of knowledge to occur. This type of learning allows for lasting impression that allows for the maximum learning opportunities.

One of my hopes as an educator is to instill a love of learning in my students, as I share my own passion for learning with them. I feel there is a need for compassionate, strong, and dedicated individuals who are excited about working with children. In our competitive society it is important for students to not only receive a solid education, but to work with someone who is aware of and sensitive to their individual needs. I am such a person and will always strive to be the best educator that I can be.

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