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Nicole Howard has spent most of her distinguished 15-year career teaching students on the West Side of Chicago and implementing programs focused on improving the academic success of special needs and at-risk students. After earning her undergraduate degree from Truman State University in Missouri, she worked briefly as a computer programmer. Ms. Howard soon tapped into her passion for helping others to achieve their true potential, and aggressively pursued a Masters Degree in Education in 1994. After achieving National Board Certification in 2001, Ms. Howard helped to open two schools under the Academy of Urban School Leadership. She served as a mentor to teachers that were seeking National Board Certification. In 2007 she came to NLCP as a Math teacher, and in 2008 was appointed Chair of the Math Department. By June of 2009, Ms. Howard had earned the role of Principal of the NLCP-Christiana Campus. She is deeply committed to the mission of North Lawndale College and is passionately pursuing creative ways to make NLCP an even stronger learning community for students and teachers.