Nik joined Teach For America in 2003 as a middle school special education teacher in Philadelphia. During his time there, he created his school’s first special education inclusion program and collaborated with colleagues to help all special needs students grow by at least 1.5 grade levels in reading and math in just one school year. Nik then joined Teach For America staff as a manager of teacher leadership development in New York and later Los Angeles.
Nik has also been a part of the Inner City Education Foundation as a U.S. history teacher and assistant principal at View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter Middle School in Los Angeles. He assumed leadership of the school and in four years, he and his dedicated teachers and students collectively raised the school’s Academic Performance Index (API) from 746 to 822. Later, he served as the founding director of the Sacramento READS! Literacy by Third Grade campaign.
Nik is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo and holds master’s degrees from the University of Oregon and St. Joseph’s University. His family inspires his work to ensure all children have the opportunity to attend excellent public schools.