Classroom Heroes Kim Nickel and Jennifer Cassel
Classroom heroes Kim Nickel, left, and Jennifer Cassel with
News-Sentinel Publisher Marty Weybret at Hutchins Street Square in
Lodi on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. Nickel is a GATE teacher at Reese
Elementary School, while Cassel teaches AP English at Tokay High
- Kim Nickel at a glance
Nickel is a fifth-grade GATE cluster teacher at Reese Elementary
Nickel earned her bachelor's degree in liberal studies through
the school of education at University of the Pacific in Stockton.
She got her master's degree in elementary education at Boston
University, then returned to California to find a job.
She lives in Lodi with her husband and three children, one of
whom is currently in her class.
Nickel has worked as an intermediate elementary school teacher
for 22 years. She was among the first group of teachers at Westwood
Elementary School when it opened.
Posted: Monday, December 5, 2011 12:00 am
Updated: 7:17 am, Wed Dec 7, 2011.
When Kim Nickel walked into a sixth-grade classroom at Heritage
Elementary School in 1989, she reminded herself to be confident.
Not only had these kids been in school together since kindergarten,
but for the first five weeks of the school year they had a string
of substitute teachers. So Nickel drew upon her experience student
teaching at Vinewood Elementary School under Nancy Scott to set up
and manage her first classroom.
"I still use things today that I learned from her," said Nickel,
a fifth-grade GATE cluster teacher at Reese Elementary School. In
fact, Nickel took mental notes on her teachers all through grade
school in Sacramento.
Monday, December 5, 2011 12:00 am.
Updated: 7:17 am.