A public school teacher since age 21, Nicole feels her most important youth guidance job comes as a mother of two (now young adult) boys who had their own struggles with screen time, gaming addiction and social media overuse when they were young. By removing access to screens for 60 days, her children redefined their priorities and choose to focus their time on studying and activities like flying, fishing, and joined the rowing team. None of which would have happened if their seemingly harmless habits continued. Now her oldest son can fly planes solo and has an interest in the aviation industry rather than gaming.
A dynamic speaker and expert on youth digital wellness, Nicole is passionate about educating families about the risks of leisure screens according to the latest research and best practices prescribed by the American Pediatric Association, CDC and other reputable organizations. Nicole is the founder of Screen Time Clinic empowering parents through 1-1 coaching, group courses, and seminars. She is also an active member of the Digital Wellness Collective and the Children's Screen Time Action Network, as well as other professional networks dedicated to promoting a healthy childhood.
Education and literacy has always been a passion of Nicole's. Screen Smart Sam was inspired by her experiences at home and in the classroom as well as frustrations expressed by other teachers about screen dependency issues with students, and many client stories while coaching of screen struggles and successes. Nicole believes in the power of shared experiences within families, prioritizing time to slow down and read to children, play with them when they are young, and guide them in the right direction as they become older. When children hear stories read to them they gain access to greater vocabulary and glean tidbits of information.