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I love that regardless of personal or professional background, we all value creative expression as an essential part of our lives.
Lead Course Advisor
A California native, Nicki Vleisides has worked primarily in elementary education for 4 years. Upon graduating from university with a degree in French Language & Literature, Nicki spent two years in southern France teaching English to elementary and secondary students. She then made the move to Brooklyn, NY and worked in Special Education management at a local charter school for several years. Nicki is thrilled to continue her journey in education while immersing herself in the creative industry!
What do you love about design?
I love how design brings us all closer to our instinctual emotions but often leads way to deep reflection.
Why do you enjoy working in design education?
To devote oneself to creative education is a bold, exciting adventure. I love that regardless of personal or professional background, we all value creative expression as an essential part of our lives.
What keeps you busy outside of Shillington?
People!!! Whether it’s fervently leading a board game night in or starting a conga line on the dance floor—I love spending time surrounded by my people! You can also find me perusing local bookstores, tasting the menu at a new restaurant, vibing out to live music, and anywhere near (or in!) the ocean!
What or who are you loving right now?
At the moment, I’m absolutely living for the author, Elif Batuman! I’ve recently finished her first book and am now tearing my way through her second novel, Either/Or!
I’m also obsessing over my current Spotify playlist featuring some of my favs; Anderson .Paak, Julia Jacklin, Remi Wolf and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
If you were a typeface, what would you be?
If I were a type face, I’d be something 70’s-style like Cooper!
What’s your favourite blog?
Nitch is an all-time favorite of mine! I love the striking black and white profiles coupled with personal quotes of the subject.