Founder Profile

LeAnn M. Nickelsen founded Maximize Learning with a passion for advancing education.  She is the author/co-author of 10 books and delivers presentations nationally on: Differentiaon, Common Core State Standards, Student Engagement, Poverty, Brain Research, Assessment & Grading, Literacy and many more - all based on cognitive theory, best practices, and current research.  She is known for presenting a wealth of information in an active, fun format with very specific, practical examples. Participants consistently rate LeAnn's presentations as top quality based on her engaging style and the easy-to-implement classroom strategies.  Participants walk out with many ideas for maximizing learning for all students!


LeAnn believes significant improvement is possible in education - the research, tools, and passion exist, and her vision for Maximize Learning is to be on the leading edge of transforming the quality of education in the USA and beyond.


She is a parent of school-age twins and applies the research to the hardest jobs out there, parenting and teaching.


  • Certified Brain Research Trainer (Jensen Learning)
  • Masters in Educational Administration, University of North Texas
  • Several years teaching in the classroom in Kansas, Texas, & Ohio
  • Member of: Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Over 20 years in education
  • Teacher of the Year in Grapevine-Colleyville, TX
  • Co-Author with Eric Jensen - Engage with the Common Core (Solution Tree, 2013)
  • Co-Author with Eric Jensen -  Deeper Learning: 7 Powerful Strategies for In-Depth and Longer-Lasting Learning (Corwin Press, 2008)
  • Co-Author with Linda Allen - Making Words Their Own (Crystal Springs, 2008)
  • Co-Author of Differentiating by Readiness (Eye on Education, 2010)
  • Author of the following teacher resource books published by Scholastic, Inc.:

*Quick Activities to Build a Very Voluminous Vocabulary (1998)

*Teaching Elaboration & Word Choice (2001)

*Comprehension-Building Activities for Reading in Social Studies & Science (2001)

*Four book Mini-Comprehension Reading series: Inferences & Cause/Effect; Sequencing & Context Clues; Point of View & Fact/Opinion, Main Idea & Summarizing (2004)

       *Memorizing Strategies & Other Brain-Based Activities (2004)


"It is a privilege to train teachers and help them be better equipped for classroom achievement - I am energized by their desire to make a difference in the lives of students!" 


LeAnn Nickelsen

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