Nicole Williams graduated from Loyola University of New Orleans with a Bachelors of Arts in History. Through her volunteer work with the Delta Academy hosted by her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and employment with the Southeastern Girl Scouts Council of Southeast Louisiana as a conflict resolution program lead, a passion for educating children was ignited. She taught as a long-term substitute in Detroit, MI for one year and spent three years teaching in private schools in New Orleans before pursuing her formal teacher credentials through the Teacher Greater New Orleans program facilitated by the University of New Orleans. Through this program, Nicole received her Special Education teaching certificate which she used to serve students receiving special education services as a classroom teacher in Jefferson Parish Public Schools at Ruppel Elementary and Ruppel Academy for Advanced Studies, respectively. In 2008, she joined New Leaders for New Schools, an alternative leadership preparation program because she held a strong belief that every child in the New Orleans metropolitan area deserved high-quality, dedicated teachers and caring schools with strong academic programs. After completing her principal residency at KIPP Believe College Prep, she served as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction where she was solely responsible for leading grades Pre-K – 5th. In 2011, Nicole joined the New Leaders organization as the Greater New Orleans Aspiring Principals Program Director where she provided leadership coaching to aspiring principals through the principal residency program. In 2014, Nicole served as the Senior Director of the Aspiring Principals Program, in addition to her role as GNO Aspiring Principals Program Director, where she provided professional development and support to her national colleagues. In 2015, she went on to serve her Aspiring Principals Program community as the National Instructional Designer. While serving in this capacity, she received her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington.