Nicole Erquinigo » About


My name is Nicole Erquinigo (Er-key-knee-go). I am originally from NYC and living in the Bay Area. I enjoy experiential learning experiences and try to bring these to the classroom as much as possible. My preferred pronouns are she/her/hers.
I am a 2nd grade teacher at AoA. I have previously taught 3rd and 4th grade in the Bay and High School in NYC. I also spent a year as a Behavior Technician and another as a Reading Clinician working with learners of various ages and abilities. Inclusion and social emotional learning are at the core of my classroom practices. Second grade is an optimal year for developing foundation skills as students grow out of their primary learning stages.
I feel fortunate to say that this is my 3rd year teaching at AoA.  I love that AoA is true to its foundation of equity and inclusion. As a teacher and learner here I am encouraged to improve, grow, and flex with each new class of personalities and dynamics. This is something I value above all.
Coming from NYC I have internalized understanding of diverse communities. I am bilingual in Spanish and English and find this to be extremely advantageous as a teacher and encourage my students to feel the same way about their language backgrounds.
I am often invited to events as a Social Emotional Learning cohort where I share my practices and experiences in building community and integrating emotional management skills into curriculum. Most recently I was invited to join Beyond Differences in a mission to adopt concrete Anti Racist practices into California State Standards. The final publication of our work was presented to Superintendent Thurmond and First Partner Newsom.
A fun fact about me is that I love to visit National Parks and share slides of my adventures with my classes. I will often have families come up to me asking: Where is Cabrillo and why won't my child stop talking about visiting it?
The best way to contact me is by email The link above can be used to send me a message.