Introducing Gwyneth Nicholson

I’m currently in my 19th year teaching English and drama at the middle school level. As someone who always struggled in school, it is somewhat unexpected that I ended up with a career in education! But I’ve always felt that my own difficulties become opportunities when I use them to help students who are struggling to achieve their goals. My favorite moments are when I can help a student unlock their imagination and create magic, whether through their writing, on the stage, or wherever their heart takes them. 

I recently started to feel the pull to find a new professional opportunity, and I used the strategies of design thinking and the book Designing Your Life to determine what’s next for me. I discovered that the parts I love most about being a teacher – especially working one-on-one with students – can all be found in coaching. 

With the mentorship of my sister Hannah, I enrolled in JST’s Empowering Students Through Coaching course, and I am now on my way to being certified as a coach. I’m excited to begin this new path, and I’m especially excited to partner with my clients to unlock their greatest potential.

EDUCATION:

  • BA in Theatre, University of Maine
  • MEd in Literacy: Writing and the Teaching of Writing through the National Writing Project, University of Maine

EXPERIENCE:

  • Humanities teacher, Saco Middle School, Saco, Maine

    • Advisor, Drama Club

    • Advisor, Colorful Crew (GSA)

    • Antiracist and Cultural Proficiency Committee Member

  • Drama teacher, Middle School of the Kennebunks, Kennebunk, Maine

  • Teacher Leader, National Writing Project

  • Fellow, Leadership & Design

INTERESTS:
  • Acting, directing, playwriting, and participating in all things theater throughout Southern Maine
  • Hiking with my family and finding new trails to explore
  • Reading and talking about books

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