Professional Learning Specialist
Nicole Tuminella is an educator in Hillsborough County Public Schools. With over 14 years of educational experiences, ranging from instructional classroom teacher to new teacher mentor to instructional leadership roles, she has always worked towards providing students and teachers with the skills, resources and tools needed to be successful in a 21st century learning environment. She has initiated, led, managed, and participated in many initiatives at various schools, most recently at Turner/Bartels K8 in Tampa. She was critical in the participation of a 1:1 digital pilot program where students and teachers were provided laptops in which to learn and integrate digital technologies, allowing innovative teaching and learning practices to transform the learning environment at the school. Through her role as STEM Coordinator, Nicole has created and implemented a STEM program at her current school which brings 21st century skills and applications to a K-8 environment. Her guidance in these programs has led to the school receiving the Microsoft Showcase School for the past 5 years.
Nicole has developed, facilitated, and supported professional development at both school and district levels. Her professional development experience includes full-time new teacher mentoring, coaching staff through best practice implementation, demonstration classrooms, and trainings on learning new education technologies. She is a Microsoft Innovative Educator, in pursuit of Microsoft Innovative Expert status. She continues to develop her educational technology knowledge by pursuing additional certifications and attending conferences, professional development opportunities, and workshops.
Nicole holds a B.A. in Mass Communications (2004) and a M. Ed. In Educational Leadership (2017) from St. Leo University. She is passionate about helping teachers with innovative ways to transform their teaching practices and the learning environment for students through the use of STEM skills, digital technologies, and 21st century skill sets. She believes strongly in real-world, application-based learning through the use of purposeful, engaging, and innovative technology integration for all students.