Nicole Lockwood

Kindergarten-Fourth Grade Science and Garden Teacher

Nicole Lockwood received her credential and master’s degree in teaching from City University of Seattle in 2008. She has been working as an educator in the Bay Area since 2012 and holds a California multiple subject teaching credential. Before coming to BPC, she taught third and fourth grades at a suburban public school near Seattle. She also worked as a private math and science teacher, and directed programs and wrote curriculum for Sarah’s Science. Additionally, she taught about ecosystems, watersheds, sustainability, and stewardship to hundreds of students from diverse school populations at Islandwood, a 250-acre outdoor learning center on Bainbridge Island. Nicole holds a B.A. in theater arts from Southern Oregon University, and founded a company called Artattack Theater Ensemble, which she managed from 2001–2005. She brings her passion and experience in hands-on, minds-on learning to all of her teaching endeavors. Nicole joined the BPC faculty in 2018.

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Why I Work with Children

Working with children keeps me on my toes and in the moment. It’s a creative outlet and requires that I am clear-headed and focused. Most of the time I am energized by the challenges that arise.

A Favorite Book

One of my favorite children’s series, is A Series of Unfortunate Events . I appreciate that they feature a girl who is an inventor, and that libraries and language play prominent roles in the stories. My son and I both have expanded our vocabularies reading these dark and delightful books together.

Quick Fact

Apprenticed at the National Theater of Croatia

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Where I was born, now stands a Yoda statue

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My favorite food is chocolate :)

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