Nickolas Gaines

Guest Blogger

Educator

Dallas, Texas

Nickolas Gaines is a veteran, national speaker, and educator. Nickolas is a prominent scholar-practitioner who has a wealth of experience, expanding over 10 years of service in local, regional, national, and international communities. He is a global citizen who has served the United States Army for seven years and has led initiatives for the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs providing spiritual care and clinical mental health care.

As an educator, his work has been featured in Ebony Magazine and The Good Man Project. He was also recognized by Apple Podcasts and the New York Times for his podcast work on topics such as masculinity, race, mental health, queer identity, and fatherhood. Currently, Gaines is raising his two sons aged 4 and 8 and pursuing his childhood dream of being a high school teacher as a first-year English language art reading and social studies educator in Dallas.

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Posted Aug. 29, 2018

I Wanted to Stop Suffering, Just Like Jamel Myles

Trigger Warning: Suicide, homophobia, bullying The first time I contemplated and attempted suicide, I was a high school freshman. An…

By Nickolas Gaines

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Posted July 8, 2020

Donald Trump Will Never Give Us the Smart, Nuanced Conversation We Need About Going Back to School

As COVID-19 wreaked havoc on the end of the 2019-2020 school year, parents and politicians nationwide sang the praises of teachers across the country—and it…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted July 8, 2020

Black Girls Need Police-Free Schools

We are at a precipice. Advocates and school leaders in nearly 100 districts all over the country have called for the removal of police in…

By Nia Evans, Kayla Patrick

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Posted July 7, 2020

Schools Are Essential, So Let’s Reopen the Right Way This Fall

This afternoon, President Donald Trump said, “We want to get our schools open. We want to get them open, quickly, beautifully in the fall.” I…

By Zakiya Sankara-Jabar

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