Maryland Accreditation: Meet Nicole!

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The Maryland EXCELS Team would like you to meet Nicole Johnson, the new Accreditation Specialist at the Maryland State Department of Education. Check out Nicole’s message below:

“I am excited to join the Maryland State Department of Education as the new Accreditation Specialist for the Division of Early Childhood in the Maryland EXCELS Branch. I launched my career as an educator within the Baltimore City Public School System teaching second grade for seven years. After that, I worked for Y Head Start Baltimore City at the Y of Central Maryland as the Director of Early Childhood Education and Health Services for 10 years. I have had a passion for working in the early childhood education field since my first day walking into my empty classroom and preparing it to meet the needs of the children in the community where I was teaching.

My love for teaching young children pushed me to become an education coordinator where I treasured being able to mentor and train teachers in developmentally appropriate practices. Being able to see children and teachers excel has been the highlight of my career!

Furthermore, being able to help families become more engaged and excited about their children’s preschool experience has been extremely rewarding. I have been committed for the last 18 years to ensure that children and families receive the highest quality of child care and education. Now, I am especially committed and excited to help Maryland programs use the Maryland Accreditation process as a tool for continued self-improvement. I look forward to meeting programs at the upcoming Maryland Accreditation Orientation sessions.”

Contact Information for Nicole Johnson:

410-767-1250

nicole.johnson1@maryland.gov