Nickie Coomer, M.Ed.
Graduate Assistant
Great Lakes Equity Center 
  • Ph.D., Urban Education Studies (in progress) 
    Indiana University - Indianapolis
  • M.Ed., School Counseling (2011)
    University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati
  • B.S., Special Education (2005)
    Miami University, Oxford
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Mrs. Coomer is a Ph.D. candidate in Urban Education Studies at Indiana University. She has been teaching Special Education for the last nine years, working in the juvenile justice system and public schools across the country and overseas. She has taught for Department of Defense Dependent Schools as a student teacher on Ramstein AirForce Base, for Harlem RBI in New York, New York, as an Intervention Specialist for students with Serious Emotional Disturbances in Ohio, and taught the inaugural year for a Pre-School Program for Children with Disabilities within a public school in Houston, Texas. She has presented twice at the All Ohio Counseling Conference, as well as the Behavioral Institute for Children and Adolescents on designing inclusive programs for students with a history of aggressive behaviors by systematically incorporating counseling theory into instruction. She was most recently able to bring her experience and graduate work to Indianapolis Public Schools as a Behavior Specialist, working with teachers, students, and families in 11 elementary schools. Her research interests include examining teacher perception through Urie Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory, the way in which those perceptions affect how a teacher evaluates and disciplines student behavior, and the effect those disciplinary actions have on the trajectory of a student’s educational career.