Being honored with the Presidential Award is confirmation and celebration of my passion for science and science education. It is humbling to be recognized with so many outstanding educators that share the enthusiasm and motivation to work with students, parents, and administrators to produce lifelong learners and possible future scientists. With the support of my family, supervisors, and students, I have learned to keep setting high expectations and the joy of watching students reach them.
Nicole Resmondo has been an educator for the past 13 years. She most recently spent one year teaching sixth grade mathematics at East Hamilton Middle High School. This year, she is returning to Gresham Middle School to teach sixth grade science and sixth grade Honors Science She has also taught at Sterchi Elementary School in Knoxville.
Nicole fosters a love of science and a recognition that science permeates every aspect of our lives today. She encourages the use of problem-solving skills, progress monitoring, and group cooperation to identify bias, error, or unintended consequences.
Nicole is on the Tennessee State Science Standards Writing Development Team to implement new science standards in the 2018–2019 school year. She has worked as a professional development presenter in her Knox County District and the Association for Middle Level Education. Nicole has also worked on the National Youth Science Foundation Camp Selection Committee. She has worked with the University of Tennessee's VolsTeach program as a mentor teacher; has been a department chair; and is on the school leadership team.
Nicole has a B.S. in elementary education from the University of Central Florida. She is certified in kindergarten through sixth grade elementary education and is currently working to certify in middle grades at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.