Prior to arriving at UAB, Nicholas served as the academic intervention consultant for Hoover city schools from 2007-10. While there, she created and managed the academic intervention program and also served as an investigator for research related to academic interventions, among other duties.
Nicholas was one of the first reading specialists in the state of Alabama and was in that role for various school systems such as Calhoun county schools, Oxford city schools and Mountain Brook city schools from 1997-2002. During that time, she pioneered and supervised the use of Palm handhelds in the classroom and created one of the first 80 paperless classrooms in the U.S.
Nicholas has been recognized as an outstanding educator. She is involved in local communities, holding various offices on non-profit boards and government agencies across the state, and she volunteers as a disaster relief responder for the American Red Cross
Nicholas is a 1994 graduate of Auburn University where she earned a bachelor's degree in science and education. She went on to receive her Educational Technology Certification from St. Mary's College of California in 2001 as well as her Community and Government Relations Certification from Boston College in 2003.
In 2005, Nicholas received her Juris Doctorate from the Birmingham School of Law. She is currently a doctoral student in education at UAB.