Meet the instructors of Reis Learning Center

Nicole Thorp

Miss Nicole

Miss Nicole grew up one town over, in Sherman, CT. At the age of seven, Nicole found a love for both American Sign Language, and singing. She began to teach herself sign, then took private lessons, which lead into formal courses at the age of 12. She completed ASL 1-3. Nicole's love grew more and more as she dove into learning about the deaf culture.

Though she was a student of hearing, it was important to Miss Nicole that she submerge herself in the deaf culture. At the age of fourteen, she was accepted with a scholarship as the only hearing student that summer into the Performing Arts Program at Gallaudet, the school for the deaf in Washington, D.C.This experience changed Miss Nicole's world; she'll never forget it.

Nicole attended Shepaug Valley High School, where she spent her days concentrating on music and the arts. For her senior project, she taught sign language. She then completed one year at Five Towns College as a Musical Theatre major, with National Honors. She soon discovered opera and then transferred schools to Carnegie Mellon University. Miss Nicole graduated in 2010 with a BFA in voice performance, with university honors. While Miss Nicole was studying in Pittsburgh, she continued her passion for sign, by volunteering for the summer program at the West Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.

For the past decade, Miss Nicole has built a strong foundation of nannying full time in six different cities with clients ranging from newborn to teens, all while pursuing her arts. After living in Brooklyn, NY, for the past four years, Miss Nicole now resides in her native hometown of Sherman, CT, pursuing what she loves. She has a passion for teaching and is very excited to exercise her strengths at Reis Learning Center.

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