Teacher Q&A


In this new series, we sit down with our teachers and ask them about their experiences teaching at
BASIS Independent Fremont, what motivates them, and some other fun questions. Today we talk with Ms. Angie Nichols, one of our lead Kindergarten teachers!

What do you enjoy the most about teaching at BASIS Independent Fremont? 

I have a lot of room to be creative with my lessons so that class time is fun and engaging.

What do you hope students take away from your classes?

Aside from academic preparedness, I would like my students to learn the value of treating others with respect.

Can you think of a memorable anecdote from teaching at BASIS Independent Fremont?

One morning I was going through my regular morning routine in my Kindergarten class. One of my students ran to me and gave me a big hug. He looked up at me with a beaming smile and said, “Ms. Nichols, I’m proud of you!”  I am proud that his BASIS Independent teachers had expressed so much positivity to him, that he learned how to spread that to others. It put a smile on my face for the rest of the day.

What do you enjoy doing outside of teaching?

I watch San Jose Sharks games (CHOMP CHOMP!), read, volunteer at my church and draw.

Can you share some of your accomplishments or awards?

I was an artist at the “Art at the Classic” show in Grass Valley, CA in 2010.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I decided to go into teaching after my experience teaching horseback riding to children. It was so much fun to celebrate with them as they overcame fears, worked toward new goals, learned how to work together (and with their horses) and share what they had learned with others. I also loved working with parents during my internship as a Trainee in Counseling Psychology. Teaching allows me to use all of my past experiences and skills to collaborate with parents and their children.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“… there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.”
- J.K. Rowling

What are some of your favorite all-time books?

The Chronicles of Narnia, The Velveteen Rabbit, and Revolution of Character.