Nicole Wert, of Ashburn, Va., earned her Master of Science at George Mason University with a concentration in curriculum and instruction, teacher leadership with a 3.9 grade-point average. Wert is a second grade teacher in Fairfax County.

Wert is a daughter of Mike and Chris Wert, of Coal Township, and a granddaughter of Dr. Earl and Barbara Johnson, William and Patricia Wert and the late Edward and Frances Madden.