Nicole Cole is a Virginia native who holds a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Maryland College Park and a master’s degree in finance from Northwestern University. She owns and operates two financial planning businesses, The College Money Team and Nicole Cole Financial Services Group, LLC. She currently serves as a member of the Citizens Budget Review Committee. She is a mother to three children that are currently enrolled in the Spotsylvania school system.
Cole is an advocate for the emotional developmental needs of children. She hopes to develop a school system that is an open and safe environment for students and staff to receive mental health services as needed. She supports investing in mental health programs for students and educating students and staff on mental illness. If elected, she plans to direct funds from the county’s annual budget to support mental health awareness and information for students and educators.
She pushes for education that encourages goal creation and provides children with better focus and more opportunities. She believes this is the key to achieving high student success and graduation rates. Cole believes the county should invest more in programs that help to integrate career pathways into curriculums and learning objectives. By connecting learning with career options, she hopes kids will graduate with rewarding careers or vocations. Cole is also in support of innovative learning centers for those interested in STEM programs, the arts, or teaching.
Cole stresses the importance of accountability in regards to the finances of the school district, having advocated for increased school funding since 2018. She believes that children and education are the best investments and supports increasing resources for teachers. Cole voiced her dismay towards the Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors who voted against fully funding the 2022 SCPS budget. She also notes that Spotsylvania education has been defunded for over a decade.
When it comes to COVID-19 recovery efforts, Cole has expressed that leading by example is a civic duty. She has shared support of vaccination efforts, as well as masks, noting the latter as a necessity for children returning to school in person. She also showed support for the Child Tax Credit from the American Rescue Plan. Additionally, Cole recognizes the connection between the pandemic and the teacher shortage, as well as its impact on the community.
Cole is running against Larry DiBella for the Battlefield district school board seat. DiBella is a former SRO who advocated for ending the school-to-prison pipeline. Due to her support of mental health services for students and a history of advocating for school funding, Cole is the more progressive choice in this election.Last updated: 2021-09-15Nicole Cole is a Virginia native who holds a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Maryland College Park and a master’s degree in finance from Northwestern University.Nicole Cole is a Virginia native who holds a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Maryland College Park and a master’s degree in finance from Northwestern University.
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