Nicholy Johnson has over twenty years of experience in the early childhood field. She has provided professional development to early childhood teachers and administrators throughout the state of Louisiana, and has presented at local, state, and national conferences. Ms. Johnson also has a vast amount of experience using reliable and valid assessment tools to evaluate the effectiveness of early childhood programs. Nicholy is a former kindergarten teacher who currently works at the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) in the Division of Early Childhood. At the LDE, Ms. Johnson serves as an education consultant where she works with Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies who provide trainings, technical assistance, and referrals for child care providers and for families of young children.