My name is Nicole Benoit-Roy. I began my teaching career as a substitute teacher in the New York City Public Schools. I taught third and fourth-grade classes and preschool levels in Adventist and non-Adventist schools in Brooklyn, NY. I love to teach young children to read and witness for Christ. My love for teaching early childhood literacy and witnessing for Christ inspired me to do just that through the Jesus Loves Everybody book series. I received the 2012 Sharp Writ Book Award for my first book, Jesus Loves Everybody: Especially Me. My books highlight the LOVE of our savior for humanity as a way of softening the young learners’ hearts so that as they get older, the Holy Spirit will draw them to Christ. I hope that they will eventually give their hearts to Jesus. In addition, they will become workers in His vineyard while they, themselves, are heaven-bound.
Where I'm From...
I traveled to the United States from Haiti when I was 15 years old. I did most of my schooling in the US. I studied at Touro College in New York City, earning a dual master’s degree in early childhood general and special education. I am currently pursuing my doctoral degree in educational leadership at Andrews University.
Being a student in the Educational Leadership Program is very dear to me as I endeavor to learn better ways to provide for my special needs children on an administrative level. One of my many goals in life is to become a Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) District Administrator (DA) to the glory of God. I'm excited to be a part of this program. I am looking forward to all the fun techniques I'll be learning in anticipation of applying them during my career as an educational leader.
Family is super important to me. My favorite way to show love and support to my family is through prayer. My husband, Roosevelt Roy, and I have been married since 1994. We are the proud parents of two sons, Japhet and Nolan; a daughter, Rebecca; and a granddaughter, Alyiah. We reside in Brooklyn, New York.
Background in Evangelism
My Christian education includes attending the Northeast Evangelism Training School (NETS), Evangelism Workshops, and Subway Evangelism. I directed the Children Ministries Department at Horeb SDA Church in Brooklyn for over 5 years. I taught the Beginner, Kindergarten, Primary, Junior, and Earliteen Sabbath School classes. I have led my students in Sidewalk Evangelism. Like I do for my family, I spend countless hours in prayer on my students' behalf.
1) A headshot from my apartment in Brooklyn, NY
2) Casual walk in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY
3) Literature evangelism health book presentation on Health Day at Sychar SDA Church in Brooklyn, NY
4) Family photos
Top row left to right: My step-son, step-granddaughter, and I at Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY
Bottom row left to right: My husband, step-daughter, and mother-son time at Brower Park, Brooklyn, NY
5) Students' photos
Top left: Book promotion of my first book in the Jesus Loves Everybody book series at a preschool center in Brooklyn, NY
Remaining photos: Sabbat School students
Please see the artifact below where I share my background, from childhood to my professional life. I also share my reflection concerning my past, present, and hope for the future.
Current -Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Andrews University
-Dissertation: Gossip in Early Childhood Programs: What School Leaders Can Do to Turn Gossip into Work Talk that Fosters a Culture for Solution
-Advisor: Bordes Henry-Saturné, Ph.D.
2013 -Certificate of Completion, Northeast Evangelism Training School
2006 -M.S. in Education/Special Education Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 2), Touro College
1994 -B.A. in Multidisciplinary Studies (Music & Theatre), Stony Brook University
1994 -Sociology Department, Stony Brook University
-Research Topic: Long Island Census Data vs. Merrick, Long Island, Census Data
Awards And Honors
2017 -Office of Research and Creative Scholarship Grant, Andrews University
2012 -Sharp Witt Book Award, Smart Book Lovers SIG
2010 -National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Letter of Project Completion, Independent work
1994 -Outstanding Achievement in Undergraduate Research Award, Stony Brook University
Certification And Licenses
Current -Teacher of Early Childhood Education, Professional
-Teacher of Students with Disabilities, Professional
2019 - Director of Children’s Ministries Department, Horeb SDA Church
-Sumner Children's Center Director, Brooklyn Kindergarten Society
2018 -Director of Children’s Ministries Department, Horeb SDA Church
2017 -Director of Children’s Ministries Department, Horeb SDA Church
2016 -Director of Children’s Ministries Department, Horeb SDA Church
2013 -NY13 Revelation of Hope Series Team Leader, Macedonia SDA Church
-NY13 Revelation of Hope Series Team Leader, Ebenezer SDA Church
2012 -Assistant Director of Children’s Ministries Department, Horeb SDA Church
2009 -Director of Women’s Ministries Department, Bethlehem SDA Church
2007 -Director of Children’s Ministries Department, Horeb SDA Church
2003 -Supervisor of school Christmas program, Brooklyn Temple School
2000 -Lead Teacher, Bethanie Bilingual School
-Owner/Employer, Group Family Day Care
2015 -Case Manager/Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT), Achieve Beyond
2014 -Case Manager/Early Intervention, City Pro Group, Inc.
2010 -Case Manager/Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT), Starting Point Services For Children
2009 -Preschool Special Education Teacher, United Cerebral Palsy
2008 -Education Assistance Program (EAP) Tutor, Riverside Elementary School
2005 -Group Teacher, Learner’s Heaven Educational Center
2004 -Student Teacher, Public School 91
2017 -What I Gain Through His Pain, CreateSpace Independent Book Publishing Platform
-Gossip Stings, CreateSpace Independent Book Publishing Platform
-Are Christians Wearing Wigs? CreateSpace Independent Book Publishing Platform
2013 -Jesus Loves Everybody: Especially Me, CreateSpace Independent Book Publishing Platform
2012 -Jesus Loves Us and Our Favorite Colors, CreateSpace Independent Book Publishing Platform
-“66 Books in 66 Days,” Atlantic Union Gleaner
-"The Valley of Prayer," Adventist World Magazine
-"The Kingdom Belongs to These," Adventist World Magazine
-Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
-Early Childhood Education and Child Care Forum for Professionals and Parents
-Education Strategies for Parents, Teachers, Educators and School Staff
-Empowerment - A Special Needs Network
-Harvard Business Review
-Parents of College Bound Students
-Parents of Special Kids
-School Leadership Reimagined
-Spiritual Writer's Association
1997 -United Federation of Teachers