Nicole Gonzalez

Senior Specialist, Texas

Before joining the NIET team in 2022 as a senior specialist, Nicole Gonzalez was a district science coordinator. This role allowed her to work with teachers, instructional coaches, and administration to strengthen instructional practices to improve students’ science achievement. Nicole is an advocate for hands-on instruction with literacy connections. 

Nicole started her teaching career as a fifth grade teacher where she contributed to the campus’s Exemplary Recognition in reading, math, and science. She then taught middle school science where she also contributed to the campus’s Exemplary Recognition. She has had many leadership roles that included department chair, mentor to first-year teachers, providing professional development, science curriculum development, and summer program development.

Nicole earned a Bachelor of Elementary Education degree from Purdue University. She also holds a Master of Education in science curriculum and instruction from Our Lady of the Lake University.

 Nicole  Gonzalez

Who is your favorite teacher?

I have had many amazing teachers. Dr. Gadson was one of my professors at Our Lady of the Lake University.  He opened my eyes to amazing concepts in science through investigations and field experiences. I was able to transfer the learning to my classroom to provide engaging experiences to my students. I will forever be grateful for how Dr. Gadson ignited my passion for science and education.

What do you do in your free time?

I love to travel. Some of my favorite experiences include zip lining in the Costa Rica Rainforest, kayaking the bioluminescent water in Puerto Rico, and eating delicious pizza in Rome.

Why are you passionate about working at NIET?

NIET supports my passion to build educator excellence to give all students the opportunity for success. When teachers are supported with best instructional practices, students will continue to grow and take ownership of their education.