Certificate, AMI Children's House Assistance Course, 2012
BA, Psychology, Southern Connecticut State University 2011
M.Ed., Montessori Education, Loyola University 2017
Nicole Barba’s Montessori journey began at The Montessori School in Wilton, CT. She recognized Montessori's method as a practical application for all the theory and science she had learned while studying developmental psychology and neuropsychology in college. Before starting her AMI 0-3 program, Nicole was a Primary substitute, a teacher's assistant for the full day bilingual toddler program for 4 years, and she helped run the early morning program for Primary and Elementary children, as well as coaching Elementary soccer and running club teams. In Fall 2015, Nicole opened up the second Toddler classroom at the school as the lead teacher. She found her way to Aidan by becoming a maternity leave substitute for the toddler classroom. Nicole went on to finish a Master's program in Education, with a Montessori concentration. She officially moved down to the DMV area and came back to Aidan to become a Lead Toddler Teacher.
Montessori education has become a passion to Nicole's family, too; her sister followed her to the world of Montessori practice, finding common ground with her own collegiate studies in Art and also becoming a Primary assistant at the same school where Nicole first taught.
Nicole has a passion for the outdoors; from gardening to hiking to snowboarding as well as playing soccer. She also loves to salsa dance, cook, bake, read, and craft. Nicole is developing skills with the fine arts in painting through the guidance of her sister.