We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicola Gaitor Barber and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicola, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I know that as an Educational Professional with 26 year experience I had so much more to offer a wider community and stake holders interested in making education more productive. My ultimate goal is to increase life long learning in the classroom, through helping teachers and students create a more harmonious and comprehensive learning environment. The passion that I have of giving others the information they need moved me to go beyond my school house and reach to school houses across the world. In addition I want to provide professional development that is tailored made for each school. Of course we have a specific foundation for our trainings but we take that foundation and streamline or make it unique for each school. In my experience I have sat through countless professional development I had no interest in or didn’t applied to my needs. This was my thought process behind starting my business.
What should our readers know about your business?
It was not easy starting my business, because I knew that the information, knowledge, and experiences I offer to my clients is unparalleled to any other educational consulting firm out there. However, I was taught not to “blow your own horn”. So I had to overcome that feeling and realize that I’m not bragging, I give people what they need to solve issues or problems in the classroom. I was taught to help others and with those thoughts I started Ultra Didactic Consulting. From the very beginning I did not want to provide cookie cutter professional development. I want to get to know the staff, understand the culture of a school; Because every school has its own culture and if you don’t understand the culture, you will not reach your audience or class. Trust me as an educator I have lived through professional development that was scripted and did not reach me. I can guarantee everyone in our trainings will leave with something that they can use or learn something completely new experience for them.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh now this is one of my favorite questions. My husband and sister are very big on Brunch spots. So for brunch or lunch; Mary Mac Tea Room, BeetleCat (Upscale oyster bar, that serves brunch and features Donut Breakfast), for a hangout spot and unique places to eat go to Ponce City Market ( which features a Vegan Night Spot), Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Belt-line.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I was taught from my mother that when you make strides or reach certain goals or achievements in your life and or career you want to help others achieve their goals too. It’s important not just to get a college degree and get a great job with benefits but to also reach back and help others less fortunate, highly fortunate, needed information, or need instruction of some form or another. It’s important to take the higher learning that my parents afforded me and take my learning to broaden others lives. and careers. So I would have to say my mother’s support and encouragement to do, more for and go further . It is also that sense of support and encouragement that interested my into being a part of “Shoutout Atlanta” They embodied everything I was taught about allyship, supporting upright endeavors and encouraging others in the business and the social community. So shoutout, to “Shoutout Atlanta” for the wonderful work being done and for the opportunity to share my insight.
Linkedin: Dr. Nicola Barber, UltraDidactic