Nicole Vitale is a member of the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund Board.
Ms. Vitale is the Executive Director of Early Childhood and Literacy for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. In this role, she utilizes her combined leadership and educational experience to manage and lead the academic work of the District focused on early childhood and literacy. Along with the support of her team, she leads the curriculum and professional development efforts around literacy across the preschool through grade 12 spectrum as well as the operations, licensing, curriculum, academics and professional learning for preschool and early childhood.
Ms. Vitale works with Cleveland based partners to provide high quality preschool learning environments to over 1,200 young learners across the District. She has created and maintained several grant partnerships that support the development of high quality learning and teaching.
Ms. Vitale earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Toledo, and she continued her educational growth through completing a Master of Education program with a focus on Reading from Notre Dame College of Ohio. Achieving National Board Certification for Early Childhood Generalist helped Ms. Vitale build leadership capacity in education.
Notable awards include the National School Boards Association 20 to Watch Technology Integration Award (2008) and the Greater Cleveland Education Development Center’s Emerging Educator Award (2014). Through a 21-year commitment to urban education, Ms. Vitale began her career as a teacher in the District and has grown into various leadership roles that have helped to develop and build systems and strategies integrating literacy and best practices around early learning across the schools. She brings a passion and commitment to the learning of young children.
Ms. Vitale’s advocacy for early literacy development and solid belief in evidence based practices have helped the District document substantial growth through expanding the community’s access to high quality preschool as well as developing strong readers before third grade.