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Meet Nicole Williams, Child Development Program Assistant Director

Nicole Williams has joined the Frazer Center team as the Child Development Program Assistant Director.

Nicole Williams, Assistant Director, Child Development Program
Nicole Williams, Assistant Director, Child Development Program

“She was the missing piece of the administrative team’s puzzle,” says Susie Riddick, Director of Frazer’s Child Development Program. “Nicole brings her knowledge and experience of classroom structure and operations along with a sense of humor that is well needed in these challenging times.”

Originally from Arkansas, Nicole earned her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education (ECE) from the University of Memphis. She has worked in early childhood education for over 12 years, including owning and operating her own center. 

In 2016 she had her sights set on Atlanta, but an opportunity to work with a Memphis non-profit opened up. There she served as the ECE Director of a Head Start program supporting children and families in under-resourced communities. 

In the middle of the pandemic, Nicole decided to make a leap of faith and move to Atlanta. “I have big dreams and goals, and I wanted to try something new,” she says.

Once she settled, she became a lead pre-k teacher while earning her Georgia Child Care Director certification. Nicole was feeling pulled by “a bigger call” when she came across the Frazer Center’s job posting. “I knew I wanted to do something that felt like it had a purpose behind it. Once I saw the Frazer Center, a non-profit with an inclusion program, and this beautiful facility in the middle of a beautiful forest, it felt like a piece of home.”

Nicole’s experience stretches beyond early childhood education. She has shared her story as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, and once her book Broken for Purpose was published, she started receiving invitations to speak about her experiences and what she did to overcome. 

This little one runs to hug Nicole as soon as she walks in the room.
This little one runs to hug Nicole as soon as she walks in the room.

“I grew up in a small town with no community resources, no police. As a child I had to advocate for myself,” says Nicole. “That’s why I advocate for children today.”

Nicole travelled a lot for public speaking engagements at schools, prisons, and rehabilitation facilities. She was even invited by the governor of Arkansas to speak at state programs. 

She is currently revising her book, transforming it into a workbook with a new title—Unstoppable—helping readers shift from a place of brokenness to becoming unstoppable. The revision is due for publication in January 2022. 

Nicole hopes to continue her public speaking engagements here in Georgia, and she is certified through Georgia Child Advocacy Center to lead training programs for adults on the prevention of child sexual abuse.   

Nicole is also a tutor and homework coach, and she is the mother of three children, ages 16, 15, and 13.

“I’m very grateful to Susie for seeing something in me and giving me this opportunity,” she says. “I’m looking forward to where the Frazer Center is going, and I’m excited about what I can bring to the company.”

“We are happy to have Nicole!” says Susie. 

Indeed we are!