Meet Nicole R. Haskins, M.S. Ed.
TEACH’s Director of Program
For Nicole, education has always been about making an impact. From a young age, she knew she wanted to help others as a teacher and dreamed of one day also becoming a principal. Inspired by her late father and motivated by the special classroom needs of her cousin Emily, who became the first deaf cheerleader for the Dallas Cowboys, Nicole went on to earn her Master’s in Education Administration from Texas Southern University.
Nicole spent seven years as a Transformation Principal for School Turnaround in both Houston and Aldine ISD, working alongside TEACH and crediting the organization with her campuses’ tremendous growth and progress. Today, as TEACH’s Director of Program, Nicole leads and supports TEACH’s Program Managers and helps develop the very same curriculum and coaching framework that helped her efforts as an educator all of those years ago. When she’s not planning her next good deed, Nicole enjoys spending time with her two daughters, playing the flute, making up song lyrics and basking in the great outdoors as much as she can.
TEACH: Who do you consider one of the great teachers in your life and why?
NH: Ms. Delcenia Hill (Thomas). She was my school band director (I played the flute) and my school mom. She was compassionate and godly and saw the good in her students. She genuinely cared, not just about our performance in her class but overall. And when we were in her classroom, she was present. She spent her time teaching and created the space for learning. She made me work hard, and even though she was really tough, you couldn’t help but love her. Her energy pushed me and others. Her focus on systems, classroom-management and empathy continue to inspire me.
TEACH: What do you love most about working in education?
NH: It’s all about impact, about making an impact on people and communities. Working with others and creating opportunities for children and adults alike is something I aspire to do. I believe we can make an impact simply by listening. As a society, we often miss out on the greatness of other people because we don’t take the time to listen to them or get to know them, particularly if we think they’re different from us. I’m a person who wants to get to know people. You never know who you might be able to guide in a positive way.
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