North Street Assistant Principal Nicholson
Phone: (315) 781-0489 ext. 4001
Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Joelle Nicholson
Before this amazing opportunity, I taught English for the Naples Central School District in Naples. For 17 years, I taught seventh grade ELA. I loved teaching novels such as “The Outsiders,” “Unbroken,” “The Giver,” “Freak the Mighty,” “Unwind,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” and too many to name. After attending SUNY Fredonia and SUNY Brockport for my undergraduate and master’s degrees, I attended SUNY Oswego through the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES Leadership Institute to earn my administrative degree. There has always been one constant on this journey, and that is my love for children. I decided to enter education after having an incredible teacher in eighth grade, Ms. Oldfield. That dream has never wavered. I am beyond excited to have found my place with Geneva and with your children. Their hope, joy, and kindness will be protected and encouraged every day.
I have lived in Waterloo my whole life. There is something very special about walking the same roads as my grandparents, seeing my son get ready to go to school in the same buildings that my parents and I did, and knowing the real history of a place. Growing up, I came to Geneva often to enjoy walking near the lake and seeing movies when the theatre was located near Lynch’s furniture. I graduated from Waterloo High School, and the ceremony was held at the Smith Opera House. Geneva has so many fond memories for me and I am excited for many more.
My favorite band is The Beatles, thanks to my dad, and I have been to see Ringo Starr four times in concert (also with my dad) and loved every second. My very favorite song by The Beatles is “Blackbird,” it quotes,“You were only waiting for this moment to arise.” There are many moments I have happened upon; meeting my husband and welcoming my stepdaughters (Alyvia and Kendyl) , the birth of my son Luka, and finding my place as an administrator at NSS.
I’d like to close this message with my favorite spoken word poet, Sarah Kay’s poem “Mrs. Ribeiro,” “She visited every classroom, knew every student by name. She spoke to us like we were scholars. Artists. Scientists. Athletes. Musicians. And we were...Show me how proud you are of what you have learned. And I promise I will do the same."
I sincerely look forward to meeting everyone and continuing to form lasting relationships at North Street School. I can’t wait to see who our children grow up to become.