Nikia Hopkins-Sullivan graduated from Mercer University with a Master of Arts in Teaching.

What are your plans after graduation?

I will be a third-grade teacher at Wolf Creek Elementary School while finalizing plans to open a performing arts after-school program.

What was your favorite class and why?

I have two classes that tie for first. One is EMAT 681 Social Studies in a Multicultural World and the second is EMAT 621 Curriculum & Instruction. These were my favorite classes because the professors shared so much knowledge. I am using strategies they taught me in my classroom now. Most of the techniques and strategies I use have been noticed by my principal, making me recognized as a leader in the school.

How do you plan on changing the world?

I plan on changing the world by being an advocate for equal education for ALL children. A child’s education should not be determined by their ZIP code. Outside of the classroom, I want to help change policies and build after-school programs that focus on bridging the educational gap and performing arts for lower income and urban children.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

Do not attempt to get your degree alone. Your professors are there to help you through your educational journey. Also, enjoy the experience.

How did Mercer prepare you for your future?

Mercer prepared me for the future by giving me real-life techniques and strategies to use in my profession. Mercer helped me to truly see why I decided to become an educator.

What makes Mercer special to you?

Mercer is special to me because I received my Bachelor of Business Administration in 2002 and now will have a Master of Arts in Teaching. I owe my post-high school educational growth to Mercer University.

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