Nichole was a high school teacher at the International School of Aruba when together with a group of students they began restoring corals in the Aruban reefs. After teaching math in California for 6 years Nichole moved to Italy to live and teach in the country sides of Tuscany. After two years in Florence the blue oceans called her to the beautiful island of Aruba where she taught Math at the International School.
Her foundation, ScubbleBubbles, started as a school project. Nichole, as their teacher, convinced 8 students to learn how to SCUBA dive. The group spent the first year working on skills and enjoying dives around Aruba, but over time they noticed the coral reefs were changing. They spent a year conducting research, raising money, and traveling to Bonaire to get specialized training on coral restoration.
The ScubbleBubbles Foundation is a part of the Reef Rescue Network, and Nichole is in charge to certify new PADI Reef Rescue Divers on the island of Aruba. The foundation focusses on getting more local youth involved in ocean conservation activities. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx