School Leadership

Ami S. Rudd
Director of Research and Curriculum


Ami S. Rudd has been in the field of special education for a decade, and has been in school administration for the last eight years.  Working as an administrator and as a Project Manager for the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education.  Her professional experiences have involved working with diverse populations of students; including general education, gifted and talented, English Language Learners. For the majority of her time, working with students who benefit from special education.  Moreover, Ami’s areas of research include students diagnosed with a mathematics learning disabilities, specifically algebraic literacy; using technology in the classroom to aid in student learning; improving teaching practices for struggling learners; and the use of a continuum instructional model to increase academic performance in inclusive setting.

Ami moved to Kenmore, Washington from Austin, Texas after completing her studies at The University of Texas at Austin (hook’em). Her husband, Tom and children enjoy traveling, hiking and music.



Nicole Nichols
Director of Operations


Nicole Nichols is a special education teacher and leader in the Seattle area.  For the past 6 years she has served as a teacher, member of the building leadership team, special education department leader, coach and mentor in the Seattle Public Schools.  Prior to Seattle Public Schools, Nicole worked as an instructional assistant and coach with the Bainbridge Island School District while completing her Masters in Special Education.

In addition to Nicole’s accomplishments with the school district, she is also focused on her professional growth in the areas of assistive technology and post high school transition planning, as well as being active with the Special Olympics organization.  Prior to Nicole’s career in education, she served as an executive assistant at a fast paced fashion company in New York City immediately after graduating from Washington State University.  Nicole currently lives in West Seattle with her husband and 5-year-old daughter.