After having worked in finance and strategy at a variety of prestigious firms for almost 15 years, Nick sought to find the “poetry in his life” by becoming a teacher.  Nick earned his master’s in childhood education at Teachers College, Columbia University and taught in urban, public schools in New York City.  Thereafter, he was a fourth grade teacher at an independent school in Los Angeles, California.  In addition to teaching, Nick served in many capacities at his school, including curriculum coordinator, mentor teacher, athletic coach, and debate coach.

As a curriculum coordinator, Nick came up with the idea of creating a venue in which teachers could share their best teaching practices.  Realizing that the most valuable asset for teachers was time, Nick came up with “Teacher Top 5.”  He asked teachers, “What are the top 5 teaching strategies you utilize to make your teaching effective?” Educators can all learn from each other, and the ultimate goal was, and is, to elevate the level of teaching.  No matter how new or seasoned the educator, everyone can share their best-of-breed teaching strategies.  Teacher Top 5 was collaborative learning at its best.

Taking Teacher Top 5 to the next level, Nick ventured to ask the same question to the best educators in the country.  Over a three year period, Nick interviewed dozens and dozens of State and National Teachers of the Year, Heads of School and Principals, professors, and up-and-coming teachers.  What Nick discovered is that many educators have exceptional teaching strategies that really must be shared.  Embracing the philosophy of lifelong learner and recognizing that others could benefit from his research, the Teacher Top 5 book was born.

Nick holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego, a master’s in business administration from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, and a master’s from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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