Nika Maples, K-12 Education, Teacher Motivation, Teaching Principles, Disabilities

Nika Maples

  • Texas Teacher of the Year
  • Inspiration To All Facing Adversity
  • Author of "Hunting Hope"

Nika Maples, a native Texan, never thought she would become a teacher. By her sophomore year in college everything changed

In 1994, a lupus-induced stroke left Nika quadriplegic. She could not speak, swallow, or blink. In intensive care, she listened as physicians warned her family that she had as little as 48 hours to live. If she lived at all, they said, she could be expected to ... VIEW MORE

Speaker Media

TEDx: What Paralysis Taught Me About True Strength
When Hope Speaks
Texas Teacher of the Year
PSB Interview with Nika Maples
Speaking Clips
Speech Topics
  • Laughter is the Best Medicine: Learning to Use Life’s Most Powerful Tool

    In her most popular keynote, Nika shares some of her embarrassing moments as Texas Teacher of the Year and reminds us ... View More

  • The Ricochet: Waiting for a Good Return

    The classroom and the marketplace are not as different as one might think. Both teachers and business people are “ ... View More

  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: Working Together to Make Work Better

    Nothing invigorates productivity like a trustworthy and enjoyable environment. Through the humorous stories of some “ ... View More

  • May the Force Be with You: Engaging the Mystery of Student Motivation

    Through a workshop format that is ideal for professional development, Nika opens the door of her classroom via ... View More

Text Reviews
  • Nika was professional and cooperative in every way. Her humor was subtle, yet effective. She is just so passionate about her outlook on life and in educating students. She spoke from the heart and definitely connected with our staff.
  • Steve Pelzer, Superintendent - CAM Community School District
  • Nika Maples is incredible. She speaks from her heart, her words touch people of all ages, and she leaves a lasting impression in your mind. We are still talking about her!
  • Lu Stephens, PhD Program Advisor - Educational Leadership, Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas
  • WOW ... There is no other way to put it. Nika had the entire audience in the palm of her hand. There was some laughter. There were tears. There were only fives on the evaluations. Nika Maples a true inspiration for all!
  • Knel Gandy - Caddo Mills ISD

Nika's Blog

How Can You Guard Your Heart?
In Proverbs 4:23, we read:Above all else,guard your heart, foreverything you do flows from it. Yes, but how do youguard yo...

TEDx | What Paralysis Taught Me About...
"The hardest thing I ever had to do is nothing at all. When my nose itched, I had to wait for someone to scratch it. But there ...

Five Reasons You Will Be Glad You...
They avoided my questions. Both writers who had chosen self-publishing and writers who had chosen traditional publishing woul...

To Have a Friend in Every Decade
It stung when the teenage girl hung her head, blonde curls falling into her eyes, "I wanted to talk to someone older about it,"...

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