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Nicole Sullivan

Job Title:

Social Studies Dept. Co-Chair


Social Studies


Phone: (510) 577-9100



Started at O'Dowd:



B.S. in Psychology from Saint Mary's College of California Single Subject Credential in Social Science from Saint Mary's College of California

Originally from:

San Francisco, CA

Why I Teach:

I teach because I love working with students! The school atmosphere and the energy students bring, make me love my job! I also enjoy collaborating with colleagues and learning from others.

Most powerful teaching technique:

My most powerful teaching techniques are a combination of discussing, modeling concepts, and student-driven activities.

Why are the subjects you teach important?:

English is important to me because it teaches students concepts that are needed for life while allowing them to express their creativity. AP Psychology is important to me because students can learn more about themselves and why they behave the way they do. Psychology also allows students to explore a possible major or career path.

Favorite quotes:

"Don't sacrifice what you want most for what you want now." -Henry Marsh (but always quoted by my college volleyball coach, Rob Browning.)

Favorite trivia:

I played volleyball in Argentia and Slovenia.

Recommended visual media:

When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Parts by Spike Lee

Recommended reads:

Little Bee by Chris Cleave and Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

Hobbies or outside interests:

Cooking, working out and being with family.

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