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Dr. Nicole Ard Everette

Dr. Nicole Ard Everette, Adjunct Instructor

"I have a passion for sharing information about the field of education and educational leadership based upon a solid research base, as well as my extensive personal experiences in the field of education."

Degrees Held:

  • Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Administrative Studies Option – University of West Florida, 2014
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction – University of West Florida, 2002
  • B.A. in Elementary Education – University of West Florida, 2000

Career Highlights:

  • Academic Technology Center Quality Matters Certification, 2016
  • Adjunct Instructor, University of West Florida, 2015-present
  • Phi Kappa Phi honor society inductee, 2014
  • Who’s Who in Education award recipient, 2014
  • ECSD Reading Teacher of the Year nominee, 2013-2014
  • Teaching Assistant, University of West Florida, 2010-2014
  • Faculty Associate, University of West Florida, 2005-2009
  • Jim Allen Elementary Teacher of the Year, 2005-2006
  • ECSD Top Five Teacher of the Year, 2005-2006
  • Golden Key International Honour Society inductee, 2000
  • Elementary Educator, Escambia County School District, Pensacola, FL, 2000-2016
  • ECSD Teacher Leader Academy, 2016-present
  • Curriculum Coordinator 2017

In which online program do you teach?

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

Which classes do you teach online?

Human Relations and Communication in Education (EDS 6105), Introduction to Educational Leadership (EDA 6063), Principles of Curriculum Development (EDG 5250)

What do you want students to learn in your classes? What is the expected outcome?

All of the courses in the Educational Leadership program are designed to provide future leaders with a combination of theoretical and real-world application in an effort to better prepare them for the extensive set of complex tasks required of educational leaders.

The main purpose of Human Relations and Communication in Education is to involve future school leaders in human relation and communication theory, skill development, and development of personal competencies that will enable them to operate at maximum levels as managers of educational programs. Activities and projects completed in this course help students solidify concepts which help them transition from theory to practice.

Why did you start teaching?

Education is at the heart of all positions in life. I have known since I was in fourth grade that I would be an educator. I have a passion for sharing information about the field of education and educational leadership based upon a solid research base, as well as my extensive personal experiences in the field of education.

What's the best advice that you have ever received?

My parents have always taught me that hard work and perseverance are qualities necessary to be successful. My husband has encouraged me to push myself and step out of my comfort zone in order to grow professionally. My daughter reminds me daily to do what makes me happy. These pieces of advice from the most important people in my life inspire me to accept the challenges of each day.

What's the best advice you could give to online students?

I truly feel online education can be just as powerful, if not more so, than face-to-face instruction. It is imperative we take the time to think before we speak, and this still holds true in an online environment. Take the time to select your words wisely, revise and edit before submitting a discussion or Dropbox assignment. In addition, take advantage of having the amazing opportunity to learn from the expertise of other students from around the country, as this truly helps to broaden our frame of reference and extend our own point of view.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in education?

Qualities needed for a position in educational leadership include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Common sense
  • Assertiveness
  • Strong interpersonal skill set
  • Sense of humor
  • Professionalism
  • Ethics
  • Strong moral thread
  • Creativity
  • Organization

What do you think is the biggest challenge that educators face today?

I feel one of the biggest challenges faced by educational leaders is the disconnect that occurs when you leave the classroom and are still ultimately in charge of what occurs within that classroom. The trick is identifying and growing teacher leaders within your organization.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

"Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney" by Lee Cockerell.

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