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 June 19, 2019
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There’s a Difference Between a ‘Good’ School and Choosing Whiteness and Wealth

It’s nearly summer, and while for most that means the end of a school year, for many it also means transition. Preschoolers transition to kindergarten,…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted June 19, 2019

Just Like Emancipation, Quality Schools Are Being Delayed and Denied to Black Students

“Until the lion tells his side of the story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” While many Americans are waiting with baited breath for July 4,…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted June 18, 2019
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What It’s Like to Attend School in Rural America

On a rainy day in May of 2018, I toured a public school in northern Pennsylvania. Most of the students were eligible for free lunch.…

By Jennifer Wahl

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