Nicole Kirksey brings to her work over 14 years of classroom experience, ranging from special education paraprofessional, K–12 special education teacher, Grades 4-5 general education teacher, K–4 Title I reading/math interventionist to adjunct instructor for Muskegon College. There, she has taught courses in cultural anthropology, autism, assistive technology, basic math, and pre-algebra, in traditional lecture, hybrid, and online formats.Nicole holds a bachelor of science degree from Grand Valley State University, where she majored in psychology and minored in elementary education with an emphasis on special education. She holds a K–12 special education teaching certificate with endorsements in cognitive and emotional impairments, as well as a K–8 self-contained general education teaching certificate, both from the state of Michigan. In 2010, she completed her master of education degree in special education administration from Grand Valley State University.
Nicole enjoys teaching students of all ages and has provided in-service training for paraprofessional and teaching staff on topics related to special education, diversity, and technology. In the fall of 2012, she presented at the Michigan Association of Environmental Outdoor Education Conference on the Great Lakes in My World Curriculum for grades 9–12, which encourages students to connect with their environment in a meaningful way while becoming advocates and stewards for the Great Lakes environment.