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2021 40 Under 40: Nicole Holt

Deputy Superintendent of Academics, Springfield Public Schools

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An alum of Springfield Public Schools, Nicole Holt, 39, has dedicated her career giving back to the district.

“I am a product of Springfield Public Schools and am committed to our mission of recruiting and retaining amazing educators to fill our classrooms,” she says.

To that end, Holt in 2020 was promoted to deputy superintendent of academics from director of learning development.

“Throughout my career, leadership has been displayed in my willingness to collaborate with others to create the best possible learning conditions for students,” she says.

Her volunteer roles also involve education, as Holt is on the board for the Greater Ozarks Cooperating School Districts. She’s also working to get school principals involved with Leadership Springfield, a program close to her heart.

First job? A cashier at Harter House. Several produce codes (bananas are 4011, cilantro 4889, etc.) are a part of my muscle memory.

Proudest moment? Becoming a mom to each of my three boys.

Best productivity hack? Show me your calendar, and I will show you what you value.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Speak your truth.

Theme song? “Psalm 23 (I Am Not Alone),” by People & Songs.

Best celebrity meeting/sighting? At the 2016 Boys & Girls Clubs’ Steak and Steak event, my husband and I had dinner with Kurt Warner.


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