Nancy J. Gardner is a graduate of Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mental retardation and psychology. She also holds two Master of Arts degrees from Central Michigan University, one in General Administration and one in Educational Administration.
Nancy received her special education teaching certification upon graduating from college and began serving as a residential group home director overseeing homes for the mentally challenged and the mentally ill. In 1991, she returned to traditional public school education serving as a special education teacher, as a teacher consultant and eventually, as an assistant principal for Holland Woods Middle School in Port Huron. She also occupied her evenings part-time as a substance abuse therapist, registered in the state of Michigan as a social worker.
During Nancy’s position as a middle school assistant principal she was instrumental in foiling a Columbine High School “copy cat” plan in 1999. Therefore, Nancy possesses a great deal of knowledge and experience in the area of crisis management in schools, receiving her training from the FBI in 1999-2000 during that particular span of heightened school violence.