Azuree Nichols

Lead Teacher

My choice to enter the classroom was solidified in the spring of 2012 when The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that fourth-grade black girls in Wisconsin were the worst readers in the country, that headline affected me to my core, and I knew that I had to join the fight for literacy, I did not know how I was going to help, I just knew I had to help. At the time, I was working on an undergraduate degree in Business Management at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

As soon as I graduated, I was accepted into the Urban Education Fellows Program. I began work on my Master's while learning how to teach at the same time. Looking back, it was a lot of work but it was worth it. I am now in a position to help tomorrow's leaders learn to read, think, and write for themselves. I am so amazed that I am able to shape young minds. I could not imagine doing anything else!