Nicola Lancaster - Learning Support Teacher

Nicola was born in Glasgow, Scotland, but grew up in Toronto, Canada where she went to school. She moved to Chicago, IL when she was in 12th grade and finished her schooling there before going to Eastern Michigan University (near Detroit), and then Northern Illinois University, where she graduated with a BSc in Sociology (Emphasis on Criminology) as her Major and Psychology as her Minor.

In her final year of University, she was Sociology Student Athlete of the Year and during her time in Canada, she was an elite swimmer, training seven hours a day for the top Canadian team. This led her to the Canadian Commonwealth Games trials in 1984, where she placed in the finals for the 200m butterfly.

Nicola continues to swim and was with the Mid-Sussex Marlins Masters team until Covid-19 struck.

Her last job was as a part-time Learning Support Teacher at Ardingly College where she worked for 12 years. She will be doing the same job at Mayfield and is excited to be working with older girls and being more involved in the school community as she will now be full-time.

Nicola has been married for 27 years to David and has three adult children, Jeremy, Caitlin and Brianna, and a young black Labrador called Monty.