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Nicole Law (IN '08)

Principal

Garden City Elementary School
Indianapolis, IN

Grade(s): Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

At the time of the Award, Nicole Law was:

Principal
Garden City Elementary School
Indianapolis, IN

Grade(s): Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


Biographical Information

Since becoming principal of Garden City Elementary School in Indianapolis in 2003, Nicole Law has led her school through a transformation in both school culture and instructional practice. Facing the largest enrollment of English as a New Language (ENL) students among all of the district's elementary schools, and with more than two-thirds of her students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, Law has led the consistent implementation of highly effective, research-based instructional practices. She has guided her staff through intensive, job-embedded professional development in differentiated instruction, literacy and data analysis, which has helped drive dramatic improvements in student achievement. Garden City achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under No Child Left Behind in 26 out of 29 categories in 2006 and 27 of 29 categories in 2007, and students' scores on Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) are rising every year. Law developed an effective partnership with Lakeview Christian Church, helping provide many of the school community's low-income families with coats for the winter, groceries, bicycles, and free health and dental services. Law also created a model pre-school program for disadvantaged three- and four-year-old children that has helped improve their achievement in kindergarten. Co-leader of the Professional Development Council, Law has mentored several teachers and administrators, has served on a number of districtwide committees and has presented at numerous organizations and conferences.



Additional Information

Degrees/Certifications

1994 Indiana University-Indianapolis, B.S.


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