Street Cred


Welcome to the Bubbly Professor…a blog about wine and spirits education.

As for myself, as the Director of Education and Certification for the Society of Wine Educators I am in charge of all educational materials such as study guides, workbooks and online courses as well as exams and certification instruments; and have introduced SWEbinars, ebooks, online review classes, and computer-based testing to SWE.

Street Cred:

  • M.B.A, Human Resources Development, California State University
  • B.A, University of California at Berkeley (Political Science)
  • Certified Specialist of Wine and Certified Wine Educator (Society of Wine Educators)
  • Certified Specialist of Spirits and Certified Spirits Educator (Society of Wine Educators)
  • WSET Levels 1, 2, and 3…currently working towards the Diploma
  • 2012 Banfi Award Winner (for highest grade of the year in the CWE [Certified Wine Educator] Exam)
  • 2009 – Winner of the WOSA Sponsored Professional Wine Writers Competition (writer of the award-winning essay that featured as its prize a 2-week trip to the Winelands of South Africa)
  • SME (Subject Matter Expert) and ID (Instructional Designer) for over 25 fully accredited Professional Wine Studies and Culinary Management Courses (higher ed, both in-class and on-line)
  • 16 Years Full-time Chef Instructor and Wine Educator at Le Cordon Bleu College – North America (both o-t-g (on the ground) and on-line)
  • 15 Years Food and Beverage Director, Banquet Manager, Chef (Holiday Inn/Bristol Hotels and Resorts)
  • Educator of the Year – Career Education Corporation—2007
  • Educator of the Year –  Career Education Corporation—2009
  • The “Ultimate Culinary Educator” – Food Educator’s Learning Conference—2009
  • Areas of Expertise:  Student Engagement, Testing and Assessments, Train the Trainer, Brain-based Learning
  • Conference Sessions led, Classes given – literally too many to count!

The Bubbly Professor is “Miss Jane” Nickles of Austin, Texas.

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