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Nika Maples

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TEDx: What Paralysis Taught Me About True Strength
When Hope Speaks
Texas Teacher of the Year
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Nika Maples

2007 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year, author, and stroke survivor

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About Nika Maples

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 remain unresponsive. She had lost all functionality and had no hope of recovery, so doctors suggested an assisted ...

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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 of the importance of laughter through the touching account of her lifelong struggle with ...

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 “selling” something of value to, at times, skeptical consumers. With humor and emotion, Nika ...

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 “freaky neighbors” she has had over the years, Nika illustrates the reality that everyone ...

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Twelve Clean Pages by Nika Maples
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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 Maples' 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

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. Nika's passion for life just exudes from every word she speaks.

Greg Beam - Ram Products

Nika Maples' 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 but was always a clear testimony to teaching being the profession of heroes.

Thomas Randle, EdD, Superintendent - Lamar Consolidated ISD, Houston, Texas
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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 your heart? If you are like me, then you have wondered. I read this verse dozens of times in my youth, determining that God wanted me to be very careful about what I chose to watch or listen ...

TEDx | What Paralysis Taught Me About True Strength

"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 is power in the fullness of process. Rethink 'the wait.'"; Author ofTwelve Clean Pages,Texas Education Agency's 2007 Texas SecondaryTeacher of the Year,Nika ...

Five Reasons You Will Be Glad You Self-Published

They avoided my questions. Both writers who had chosen self-publishing and writers who had chosen traditional publishing would get cottonmouth when I asked for advice.At times you can sense a competitive tension among authors and speakers that is thicker than Corleone bloodlines.People will ...