Nicole Gillespie lives in the Colonial Ridge neighborhood of Moorestown, and works on North Church Street at the Knowles Teacher Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to improving math and science education in the United States. In her role as the CEO of Knowles, she oversees a staff of 25 employees and a $6.5 million annual budget to support hundreds of teachers across the country. She graduated from the US Naval Academy with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and served as an active duty naval officer in cryptology for five years. After returning to civilian life, she earned a MS in physics from the University of Washington and a PhD in science education from the University of California, Berkeley. As a career educator, it’s important to her that she live in a town like Moorestown that supports excellent schools.
Nicole volunteers with Contact of Burlington County as an advocate for persons impacted by sexual assault, and is a member of the Moorestown Business Association, the Moorestown Rotary Club and the Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill where she serves on the finance committee. She is also on the Moorestown’s 4th of July Committee, where she is coordinating this year’s Freedom Lecture and is serving as the military coordinator for the parade. Nicole loves being an aunt and sharing travel adventures with her niece Tori and nephews Thomas and Nicholas.