Nikki Votaw

Director of Education Graduate Studies, Professor of Education

My favorite part about teaching at Johnson is: The students. I love working with mission-minded students who want to influence the lives of children in a positive way.

When I’m not teaching, I love to: Spend time in the mountains hiking and playing in the water. I like to go on long walks and spend time with my daughter.

In my classes, students can expect: To be challenged, but supported. I try to provide clear expectations and model effective strategies for my students to use while also challenging their ideas about what it means to be a teacher.

My best advice to a new student in my program is: Keep your focus on the goal of teaching. Always think about how the things that you are doing in classes will affect the way you teach and interact with your students.

Because of my influence, I most want my students to become: Effective educators who are also salt and light in their schools and classrooms.

The myth-busting truth about my discipline I most want people to understand is: While teaching is very difficult, you will be able to influence the lives of countless children in ways that you never imagined. It is one of the most rewarding professions.