Mrs. Nicole Shanklin (formerly Thompson) has joined the Belleville team as of November 2018. Prior to working in Belleville, she was a K-12 Supervisor of Instruction, working with all levels of learners in multiple subject areas. Mrs. Shanklin originally began her career as a High School English Language Arts teacher. She has taught 10-12th grade ELA courses at all levels, ranging from college prep to Advanced Placement Literature and Composition. Before entering the field of education, Mrs. Shanklin attended The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and graduated Magna Cum Laude with her BA in English and Secondary Education. She then went on to receive her Masters in English from TCNJ in 2013, her Supervisory certificate from William Paterson University (WPUNJ) in 2014, her Masters in Educational Leadership/Principal Certification (WPUNJ) in spring 2016, and her School Administrator certificate from Caldwell University in fall 2016.
Mrs. Shanklin is now the Director of Elementary Education for grades K-8. From her previous experiences as a Supervisor of Instruction, she brings a wealth of knowledge in various programs. Most recently, she worked extensively with elementary school teachers to improve reading comprehension and writing through the workshop model. She looks forward to continuing to cultivate a love of learning with the faculty and staff, parents, students, and Belleville community as a whole. Mrs. Shanklin strongly believes in the importance of curriculum and instruction, and she finds literacy to be the backbone for all subjects, including math and science. She comes from a strong Google background, and therefore, she loves infusing technology and 21st century skills into the curriculum. With the help of programs such as EnVision Math 2.0, Wonders English Language Arts, and Dimension Science, students have the capacity to achieve great successes. Students come first; therefore, Mrs. Shanklin is continuously looking for ways to improve student growth and learning. Her main philosophy in life is to motivate and inspire others through modeling and leading by example.
Mrs. Shanklin is married and currently resides in Clifton with her husband. When she is not immersed in a good book or curriculum article, she is hiking or instructing a morning group fitness class.