Nicole Bourque earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Saint Joseph’s University and is currently a doctoral candidate in SJU’s Interdisciplinary Doctor of Education Program for Educational Leaders (IDEPEL), where she is working on her dissertation. She also holds Pennsylvania certifications in elementary education, special education, reading specialist, and principal certification.
For the past nine years she has worked in the Southeast Delco School District as a special education teacher of fourth and fifth graders in both inclusive and resource settings and as an Instructional Specialist for grades one through eight. Her primary responsibilities include coaching teachers, organizing/leading district-wide professional development, facilitating professional learning communities, organizing and providing intervention services, and supporting data-guided instruction and research-based best practices.
Professor Bourque has taught online courses at SJU since 2009 and has spent several years as a supervisor during the Summer Reading Clinic for the reading specialist candidates. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the graduate education departments at Neumann University and Cabrini College.
“I enjoy teaching children because I believe it is my responsibility to advocate for students with special needs or those who simply who struggle academically or behaviorally. I enjoy working with adults and teaching online because knowledge is power, and adults who grow professionally are better able to meet the needs of the students in their classrooms.“