Meet Nicole Cobb
Division: Guidance and Career Development Division
Occupation: Executive Director of School Counseling, Metro Nashville Public Schools
Employment History: Executive Director of School Counseling, Metro Nashville Public Schools, 2012–present; Director of Educator Relations, Education Testing Service, 2010–12; Director of School Counseling, Tennessee Department of Education, 2004–10; Test Developer (school counselor advanced assessment), National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, 2002–04; School Counselor, Putnam County Board of Education, 1997–2002
Education: Doctor of Education, University of Tennessee; Specialist in Education, Tennessee Technological University; Master of Arts, Tennessee Technological University; Bachelor of Science Tennessee Technological University
National ACTE Involvement—VISION Presenter: 2013, 2014, 2015; Educators in Action Techniques Writer: “Climate, Culture and Collaboration: The Key to Creating Safe and Supportive Schools,” 2014; NPS Presenter, Attendee: 2015, 2016; VISION Attendee: 2010–15
Other CTE Involvement—Advisory Council, Metro Nashville Public Schools, 2012–present; Throughout my twenty-one years in education, I have supported CTE in many ways, working closely with CTE professionals at the local, state and national levels. As the executive director of School Counseling Services at Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, I ensure counselors in our twenty-six high schools are aware of career pathways, career advising resources and CTE research to ensure that all students have access to meaningful career exploration activities and opportunities. We have forty-two career academies for which I have developed college and career counseling resources, and have worked with counselors from other systems and states implementing the career academy model.
Nelson Mandela stated, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” As a school counselor and CTE advocate, my mission is to prepare students for success in their future careers by helping them develop the skills, knowledge and real world experiences that will set them up for success in a high-skill, high-demand, and competitive-wage career. I believe having high quality CTE programs is a nonnegotiable for ALL students. CTE is the lever for increasing student achievement and success. If elected, I will use my experience as a teacher, school counselor, and state and district school counseling leader to elevate our mission. Having served in multiple national leadership roles, I have the skills needed to move ACTE forward. Using my strengths in organization management and relationship development, I will increase membership and stakeholder support across the nation. It would be a great honor to serve ACTE in this high impact role.
First and foremost, I will bring visibility to CTE and our commitment to high quality programming. I want to share my passion for CTE with all stakeholders — helping them revise their ideas and perspectives of what it means to participate in an effective CTE program. I want all stakeholders, namely parents, students and community members to understand CTE is the critical element that ensures students are set up for success in a high-skill, high-demand, and competitive wage career. I will advocate for having high-quality CTE programs available to ALL students. If chosen to serve on the ACTE Board of Directors, I will use my experience as a teacher, school counselor, national, state and district school counseling leader to elevate the mission and vision of ACTE. I will actively share the research and accomplishments of ACTE with a larger audience, garnering support and adding to our stakeholder and membership base. I will help current member groups prioritize action steps to achieve our vision, including sharing best practices from across the country.