Trent M. Nicholson

Summary of qualifications

1999 - Present Copper Mountain Community College Joshua Tree, CA

Professor of Communications

Instructed students in composition and literary analysis in: Composition and Literature (1B), Freshman Composition (3A), and English 50.

1998 - Present Yucca Valley High School Yucca Valley, CA

English/Drama Teacher

Taught students from 9th-12th grade; including learning disabled, ESL, and college prep. Students.

Summer 1999 - Present La Contenta Junior High School Yucca Valley, CA

English Teacher

Taught students from 8th grade students who were unable to meet school standards for English Comprehension.

1991- 1993 Studio West Inc. Las Cruces, NM

Acting Coach & Professional writer

Created scripts for and taught TV acting to K Ė 12 students.


1996 - 1998 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD

Certification in Education

Certified for English, Drama, and Journalism.

1993 - 1996 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD

Master of Arts English and Theater

Focuses in creative writing and directing.

1989 - 1993 New Mexico State University Las Cruces, NM

Bachelor of Arts Theater and Journalism

Minor earned in English Literature.

Pre-Professional experience

Spring 1998 Vermillion High School Vermillion, SD

English Student Teaching

Worked with AP and special needs students. Extensive work on planning lessons through internet and other technology. Worked with interdisciplinary classes in English and History.

Fall 1996 Beresford Jr. High Beresford, SD

English and Drama Practicum

Presented self-created lessons and did some advisement for plays.

Fall 1996 South Sioux City Jr. High South Sioux City, NE

English and Journalism Internship

Worked extensively with computer skills and internet.

Additional pre-professional activities

Have worked extensively in lighting and sound design, commercial acting, as a DJ and as a photographer. Will gladly send a complete listing on request.

Professional memberships

Currently a member of Phi Delta Kappa; a professional fraternity for educators.

Also a member of the Society for Creative Anachronisms; an organization that is dedicated to teaching people about medieval literature, art, and life.


William Mitchell English Teacher Beresford Jr. High (605) 763-5771

Dr. Sharon Ross English Teacher Vermillion High School (605) 677-7035

Dr. Liana Champagne Prof. of Multi-Cultural Ed. University of South Dakota (605) 677-5438

Extracurricular activities

1998 Defensive Football Coach for Yucca Valley High School.

Held several offices in Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity at NMSU.

Treasurer for the Society for Creative Anachronisms at USD.

Worked full-time for Performance Engineering for my last 3 years of college.


Have my accreditation for South Dakota in English, Theater, and Journalism.

Currently working on my California Credentials via a 5-year-plan.

Interests and activities

An avid weightlifter, motorcyclist, and outdoorsman. I also greatly enjoy computers, reading, and martial arts.

Awards received




On the Deanís List with Honors in 1997 and on the Deanís List with High Honors in 1998. Earned 1998 Frosh-Soph Coaching Award.

I am currently seeking the opportunity to expand my teaching experience into

higher education, so that I may better prepare myself to become a professor. I believe that teaching in a college will be challenge, and therefore better stimulate

me professionally.