Nicole Solis is a Middle School Science Teacher with 24 years of classroom experience. She is a science and engineering curriculum designer and teacher trainer with a passion for hands on, project-based instruction. Nicole has a BS in Environmental Science, was awarded the Peace Corps Fellowship program to complete an MA in Multicultural Education and Literacy, and most recently graduated with an MEd in Science Curriculum & Instruction.
Nicole strongly believes that the best teachers are students first. Her passion for learning has taken her to Ecuador, Puerto Rico, and Bangladesh to study the effects of climate change on fragile and biologically diverse ecosystems. Nicole served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a rural Bolivian village for two years learning how to live off the grid while teaching forestry in a local public school. She has traveled extensively throughout Latin America exploring her Latin heritage, studying the natural world, and learning about herself as a global citizen.
Although quite the nomad and backpacker in her early adulthood, Nicole moved to the Bay Area in 1999 to attend graduate school and plant some roots. When Nicole became a mom to a high energy boy 15 years ago, she developed a deeper understanding of the importance of movement in the classroom, choosing highly relevant and engaging topics, and encouraging socialization through collaboration and teamwork. Nicole is a loud and proud Oakland public school teacher who is often spotted and hugged on the streets and in the grocery store aisles of Oakland by her previous students (now adults with their own children). Nicole is very excited to bring her skills, curiosity, and passion for the sciences to Aurum Prep and looks forward to coaching and nurturing Oakland’s next generation of scientists and engineers.