A Detroit native, Nicole graduated from the University of Michigan and joined Teach For America (TFA) where she taught 5th grade in Compton, CA. Nicole received her doctorate in education from UCLA with a focus on urban education policy and teacher preparation. She joined the national staff of TFA and held several key leadership roles before starting The Expectations Project. Nicole has written two books: Educating All God's Children (Baker) and Schools in Crisis (Barna) and has appeared on CNN and ABC. Christianity Today named her one of "50 Women Leaders Influencing the Church and Culture." She lives near DC with her husband adn their three children.