Mentoring Program Protégé Nicole Creek, Cohort 8

Nicole Creek

Cohort 8

Mentor: Dr. Xochitl Rodriguez

My name is Nicole Creek and I am honored to join an organization that advocates for Latino learners and leaders in Texas. I was born and raised in Texas and am a first generation college graduate.I received my Bachelor of History degree from Concordia University at Austin. I am also the first one to continue my education with a Masters degree in Educational Administration also from Concordia University at Austin. This commitment to education has helped me build a strong foundation for my family (3 daughters and 1 son) to set the bar high and make education a priority.

I am currently entering my 19th year in education, all at the high school level and have had a variety of roles and responsibilities. I have been a Special Education teacher, History teacher, taught Pre-ap and AP classes. The experience in the classroom has given me a wide variety of empathy for students and made me rely on a variety of instructional strategies in my tool belt to reach all students. What helped define my professional journey early on was my desire to be a Head Volleyball coach and enter into the realm of Athletic Administration. I started the volleyball program at Canyon Lake High School and established a culture of winning and traditions that are still part of that campus today. I helped resurrect a program at Bastrop High School and lead the program to its first ever postseason playoff berth. At both locations I was an Athletic Coordinator and this allowed me to lead staff and athletes in other programs and facilitate the goals of the district and campus across multiple programs.

I entered into Educational Administration in 2019 as an Assistant Principal with Bastrop High School. I have been a TTESS supervisor over a variety of subjects including History, LOTE, and Science. I have worked closely with Instructional Coaches in leading PLC’s and looking at best instructional practices. I worked with fellow administrators in providing a safe and secure campus by looking at discipline data and being a member of the threat assessment team. I have been charged with leading campus morale and culture by celebrating our staff and have made relationship building a priority.

I believe education is a gateway for a better life and I was influenced and pushed by so many teachers/coaches in my life and continue to be. I believe in giving back and I want to be an advocate for those students who do not realize the possibilities beyond high school and show students how through hard work and grit a better life is waiting for them.