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 Apr. 19, 2021

We Can’t Protect Our Students From Racism, But We Can Prepare Them to Combat and Reject It

On January 6, when an angry mob stormed the Capitol, I was in the middle of teaching my 7th grade English language arts students about…

By Travon Jefferson

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Posted Apr. 16, 2021

The Pandemic Is Exactly Why We Need Standardized Testing

In the next few weeks, nearly all school districts in the U.S. will offer at least some in-person instruction. The worst of the pandemic school…

By Evan Stone

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Posted Apr. 13, 2021

Meet Two Teachers Learning to Center Their Students’ Identities Without Losing Sight of Their Own

Lindsay Singer and Ashley McCall are both third grade teachers at Cesar Chavez Multicultural Academic Center in Chicago. Lindsay teaches mathematics and inquiry. And Ashley…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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