Learning Specialist, PreK-12
Curriculum and Instruction Specialist
Nicole DeMartino wanted to become a teacher since she was a child and gets to live out her dreams every day as a classroom teacher at PS 172 in Brooklyn, a model inclusion school, where she joined the faculty in 2013. In additional to her full time work with the NYC DOE, Nicole is also a part-time Director and Curriculum and Instruction Specialist with My Learning Springboard. She previously taught at the Parkside School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She received her B.A. at the University of Miami in 2009, with a double major in elementary education and Spanish language, and continued her education at NYU, earning her Master’s degree in Childhood Special Education.
Nicole has experience teaching and tutoring a diverse group of students from many backgrounds and with varying abilities. In Miami, she completed her student teaching experience in a 2nd grade general education classroom and assumed all roles and responsibilities of the classroom teacher. While studying at NYU, Nicole did her student teaching in a 1st grade CTT classroom at P.S. 261 in Brooklyn and in a 5th grade self-contained classroom at The Parkside School on the Upper West Side. After developing a strong, positive relationship with Parkside, Nicole was offered a full-time teaching position as a 2nd grade teacher. She believes that all students learn differently and, therefore, she uses a variety of materials, methodologies, and targeted support to differentiate her instruction.
In her free time, Nicole enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, seeing movies, and spending time with family and friends in NYC and on Long Island.