My Name is Mrs. Nicole Brady! I am thrilled to be your child’s Second Grade teacher this year! This will be my 8th year teaching in DPS. I taught kindergarten at Southmoor for 2 years and am now loving second grade. I grew up in Keystone, Colorado where I attended elementary, middle and high school. I grew up skiing on the slopes of Arapahoe Basin while my dad ran the ski shop and eventually joined the Summit race team. I later lived in Sarasota, Florida for a year but missed the snow so much I had to move back to Colorado. When not in the classroom, you can find me playing in the snow or cheering on my favorite baseball teams. I have a blind Blue Heeler and a few other geriatric pets. I love the snow, skiing with my new husband, exploring all Colorado has to offer and hiking with my crazy cattle dogs. A few of my favorite things are: a good street taco and a patio, fall everything, country music, Jimmy Fallon, dinosaurs, Starbucks, baseball, Sharpies, skittles, skiing and the snow. I am an alumni of the Buell Early Childhood Leadership program and hold a certificate in early childhood leadership from CU Denver. I also have my MA in Early Childhood Education with an Early Childhood Special Education endorsement. I attended MSCD, where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Can you tell I have a true passion for early education? I am currently working towards my Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Equity with a dual concentration in the areas of executive leadership and early childhood education. I have developed my passion for early ed over the years by teaching preschool, teaching a Reggio Inspired kindergarten at an arts school within DPS, attending the Reggio Emilia Institute at Leslie University and deepening my knowledge and passion for project based learning and inquiry at Southmoor. I have also served as a district kindergarten teacher leader. My classroom is a place where children are empowered to create student driven goals, learner profiles, and work to solve real world problems. My teaching philosophy is rooted in the belief that children learn most effectively when empowered by their learning, and the joy that comes with both embracing and encouraging a child’s innate sense of wonder, enthusiasm for discovery, and creativity.