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Degree(s): BA Kean University, AA Fashion Institute of Technology, MLS Loyola University
Nicole Stout was born and raised in New Jersey, and even tried to leave, only to return five years and a Master’s Degree later. She graduated from Kean University with a double major in English and Education. She then went on to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she received an Associate’s Degree in Marketing as well as a Merchandising Certification. Years later, she received her Master’s Degree from Loyola University, Maryland, in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Literature, and also spends time lecturing and learning at Columbia’s Teacher’s College.
Nicole has worked in education since 2001, in both the public and private sectors, as well as for companies such as The Princeton Review, Barron’s, Sylvan Learning Center, and The College Board. She left teaching for several years to work on advertising campaigns for Ralph Lauren and Movado, but found she missed her true calling, so returned to teaching. In 2012, she was named an Emerging Scholar at Loyola University for her Senior thesis on the positive contributions of Organized Crime in WWII, and her first short story, Where’s the Canary, was published in the anthology Compelling Evidence: New Detective Stories, in 2016.
Nicole is a lifelong learner, and spends time in the summer at Folger Library’s Shakespeare Institute, as well as AP conferences, Columbia’s Reading and Writing Project Institute, and online professional development.
In her spare time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and watching bad reality television. She is always looking for new ways to create connections between life and literature for her students!