Nicki completed her combined bachelors and accelerated masters program this December, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Youth and Social Innovation and a Masters of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education from the University of Virginia. Nicki was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee and is thrilled to be back down south working on the farm. During her childhood, Nicki went to a summer camp based on many of the same principals as the McDowell Farm School. She loves deepening her understanding of where her food is coming from and is looking forward to help her students understand this as well. Nicki worked at the camp mentioned earlier for three years during the summers and also has spent two summers leading outdoor trips for Wilderness Adventures. You may find Nicki out on a hike, playing with animals (her dog Donna is one of her favorites), listening to music a bit too loud, or curled up in bed enjoying a lazy day.