Rebecca Nicolas

Rebecca Nicolas

Rebecca Nicolas, EdD, is an administrator at Fern Creek High School in Kentucky. Her work is focused on the implementation of the PLC process and the integration of collaborative teams.

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Rebecca Nicolas

Rebecca Nicolas, EdD, is an administrator at Fern Creek High School in Kentucky. Her work is focused on the implementation of the PLC process and the integration of collaborative teams.

Prior to her work at Fern Creek, Dr. Nicolas was an assistant principal and English teacher at Doss High School in Kentucky. She has 15 years of experience working in schools with significant at-risk student populations. Her work at Fern Creek includes the development of integrated RTI practices, the use of data in developing effective teams, and the inclusion of nontraditional students in highly rigorous courses. As one of the few examples of an urban turnaround high school in Kentucky, Fern Creek has received recognition as a model PLC school, was a runner-up for the 2016 DuFour Award, and was named winner of the 2016 NPLI School Innovation and Change Award.

Dr. Nicolas has presented her work on the implementation of the PLC process at regional, state, and national conferences, including Advanced Placement, Southern Regional Education Board, and the Council on Education, as well as a presentation to the US secretary of education on best practices of an urban turnaround school.

Dr. Nicolas earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky; a master’s degree in English from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and an EdD in educational leadership from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Presentation titles by Rebecca Nicolas

  • Response to Intervention Using Academic Advising
  • Creating and Sustaining a College-Going Culture
  • Best Practices of an Urban Turnaround School
  • Building Collaboration with CTE and the Core
  • Student Progress Monitoring: Effectively Driving Instruction
  • Building Community in an AP Culture
  • Using Data to Drive Collaboration in a Professional Learning Community