Nicole Massop has had a lifelong love of the arts. She enjoys creating her own artwork, viewing other artists work, and teaching Art to young people. Not only does she take pleasure in sharing her knowledge about art history and the process of making, but she wants her students to experience art and understand how much it affects their lives. This year will be Ms. Massop’s 2nd year teaching with the Village Academy family. She previously taught visual arts at Robert Carbonaro Elementary School and the Institute for Health Professions at Cambria Heights. Originally from Brooklyn, New York Nicole attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. where she earned her Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Interior Design. In January 2020, she completed her Masters of Teaching in Art Education from Queens College. As a career changer, Nicole was inspired to become a teacher after becoming a mother to two children herself. Her belief is to bring awareness and to encourage students to take responsibility for learning and to develop a pride for their own work. Her goal is to provide students with a visually and culturally diverse way of learning which will give them the developmental life skills and tools needed to help them become caring and active members of society. In her free time she likes to travel, exercise, create art and spend time with her family and friends. While she is traveling, she loves to take lots of pictures and sketch out possible ideas for future artistic projects.