Names of North Colonie: Meet Latham Ridge Sixth Grade ELA Teacher Nicole French

Throughout the year, the Names of North Colonie series will highlight those who help our students reach their full potential. It is a chance for the North Colonie community to get to know our teachers, administrators, and staff members on a more personal level.

Nicole FrenchNicole French is in her 17th year as a teacher at Latham Ridge Elementary. Nicole attended The College of Saint Rose for her undergraduate and graduate degrees. As an undergrad, she studied general education (K-6) and minored in psychology. For graduate school, Nicole studied special education. She received her administrative degree from the University of Stony Brook. In 2019, Nicole became a National Board Certified Teacher. Learn more about Nicole below.

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Why did you want to become a teacher?

I’ve wanted to be a teacher since before I entered kindergarten. Maybe it was the large yellow bus that took my older siblings to this mystical place that I wasn’t allowed to attend. Maybe it was the books that teachers handed me that took me to faraway lands. Maybe it was the teacher in high school that never gave up on me. Each year, someone or something had and continues to push me in this profession.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

I know it’s cliché, but the students. After a school break, I came back with a “Case of the Mondays”. Ten minutes into homeroom, they had vanished. 11-year olds have a way of making you forget outside life exists.

What are the top 3 items on your bucket list?

  • Say “yes” to every possible opportunity to see the world.
  • Always own a dog from a rescue.
  • Write a book.

What would students be surprised to know about you?

If I could eat sushi every single day, I would.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Yoga. Reading. Cooking. Eating.

What’s your favorite event that happens during the year and why?

The first day of school. Everyone is on level playing field – fresh faces that are nervous and excited all together. At that moment, everything a teacher wants to do seems possible…tackling the world seems feasible!