Nicole, MPS, RYT 200, is a graduate of the University of Arkansas’ Clinton School of Public Service and a certified yoga teacher. While originally from Connecticut, she has lived in Arkansas for seven years.
Previously, Nicole worked as a high school educator through Teach for America, where she studied and implemented trauma-informed responses to misbehavior to help her students achieve their goals. She also studied and worked in Cape Town, South Africa, supporting yoga instructors working with children with autism, and in Vietnam where she taught teachers how to use trauma-informed techniques in their classes for improved classroom management. Growing up, Nicole was a competitive gymnast and coached youth ages 3-18 for several years.
Nicole has a passion for social justice, prison reform, and yoga; all rooted in her desire for restorative and transformative justice as an alternative to punitive punishment and its negative effects that she witnessed while working in the classroom. She facilitates yoga at a local jail in Little Rock for youth that are incarcerated, and is building additional prison yoga programs in Arkansas.
Nicole is also an avid reader and plant enthusiast, who enjoys cooking and baking for friends, and quality time with her cat Cookie.