Nika had a great message! She was professional and cooperative in every way. Her humor was subtle, yet effective. She had teachers in the audience laughing..and later crying. 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. What a great individual and a great message. Thanks you Nika!
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 Maples' poignant story makes clear the need for careful and caring mentoring for new teachers. She is an outstanding speaker and kept our audience engrossed the full time. Months later, I am still hearing how motivating her speech was for our mentors."
Sylvia Hunt, Ph.D., New Teacher Mentoring and Development, Dallas ISD, Dallas, Texas
We were looking for someone to keynote our largest sales meeting of the year that would embody the concept of setting goals and never giving up until those goals were achieved. Within a matter of minutes Nika had captured the hearts of our sales force and had them clinging to every word. She has a beautiful way of showing a transparent passion that is so contagious. People are drawn to an individual like Nika whose passion for life just exudes from every word she speaks.
Greg Beam, Ram Products
Nika Maples' keynote address at the Lamar Consolidated ISD Convocation was an inspirational beginning to our new school year. Maples' personal story of overcoming her own physical challenges and her desire to help others touched the instructional staff across all grade levels. Her message moved the audience from laughter to tears but was always a clear testimony to teaching being the profession of heroes.
Thomas Randle, EdD, Superintendent, Lamar Consolidated ISD, Houston, Texas
It is impossible to listen to Nika Maples talk about her love for teaching and not have your spirit lifted, your passion for the profession kindled or rekindled, and your faith in the good things in life confirmed. With her soft voice, radiant smile and purposeful message, Nika gives so much to all of her audiences. I have heard her more than once and each time was a blessing.
Jo Murphy, EdD Coordinator of Field Experiences, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
“I was inspired by your story and enriched by spending time with you.”
President George W. Bush,
"Nika speaks from the heart, from experience, with sincerity and eloquence! She not only captivates the heart of her students, she captivates the heart and mind of all that are blessed to attend her motivational events. All 40 principals and other administrators marveled at her zeal toward life and education while she naturally reinvigorated our passion and commitment to serving our students!"
Cynthia Solis, Staff Development Coordinator, La Joya ISD