The Proof Is In Our Students
Why Nicole Chose Rider
Nicole visited Rider at the urging of her mother, who had discovered Rider was the only college in New Jersey offering a business education program. But, as soon as she stepped onto campus, Nicole says, “I fell in love with Rider instantly. Then, I met Dr. Michael Curran and that sealed the deal. He explained all the advantages offered to education majors, like hands-on opportunities and field experiences, and he had such a passion for teaching. That is something he passed on to me.”
Rider's Impact on Nicole's Career
Starting in her sophomore year, Nicole began getting hands-on experience in a middle school. By the time she graduated, she had worked at two high schools and mentored elementary students in Trenton in starting and running a business through Rider’s Minding Our Business program. Nicole had three job offers and was hired just a month after graduating. “At my job interviews, I had so much confidence. That’s because I already had three years of classroom experience. I felt so prepared.”
After a year teaching business at Parsippany Hills High School, Nicole went to work at Freehold High School in Freehold, NJ, where she teaches financial literacy and sports and entertainment marking. She also serves as Sophomore Class advisor and Business Team Challenge advisor. Nicole currently is pursuing a master’s degree in Educational Administration and Supervision at the University of Scranton. “Rider prepared me to be the teacher I am today. I love teaching and I’m having a positive impact on students. I’m teaching them real-world skills — life skills they can use to make good choices. I’m exactly where I want to be.”
3 The number of years of classroom experience Nicole tallied by the time she graduated.
3 The number of job offers Nicole had in the first two weeks after graduation.
Teacher and Advisor
Nicole loves working with high school students — inside the classroom teaching business skills and outside the classroom as an advisor. She recently led a 15-member team to the Team Challenge business ethics competition.