Nicole K. Grimes is an alumna of The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY) where she received a Ph.D. in Urban Education with a concentration in Mathematics, Science and Technology. She has been a fervent STEM educator for 12+ years working with public & private school students from grades 2-12. As a teacher educator, she also retains experience at the graduate level working with NYC Masters students at various NYC institutions including Pace University, NYU and CUNY Lehman. She also earned a Masters of Arts in Secondary science Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. Her current interests center around STEM ed initiatives, creating engineering curricula for middle & high school, differentiated instruction at all levels, using coteaching in mainstreamed science classrooms & improving teacher education.
She is an active member of several professional organizations including ASTE (Association for Science Teacher Education) , ASCD (Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development), NSTA (National Science Teachers Association)and NARST (National Association for Research in Science Teaching). Grimes has earned awards for her education publications including a recent award from CSSE (Cultural Studies of Science Education) – Best Manuscript of the Year for 2013 & a Best Manuscript Award V from ASTE for Implications of Research for Educational Practice in 2010.
Grimes is currently serving as the first woman of color and lay-person Principal of Dominican Academy. Dominican Academy is an all girls college preparatory high school for academically strong girls in New York City. The school was founded in 1897 and ranks in the top 10 girls high schools in the state of NY and top 100 Catholic schools in the U.S.