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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.

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Nicki Vleisides

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.

Andrew Shillington
Founder, Global

Anthony Wood
CEO, Global

Clare Terry
Director, Australia

Natalia Zuluaga
Director of Operations, Global

John Palowski
Head of Course Content, Global

Chris Norman
Head, Online

Cathy Sison
Head, New York

Jack Trotman
Head, United Kingdom

Sara Mazzoni
Head of Marketing & Communications, Global

Laura Carrick
Marketing & Communications Specialist, Global

Clay Allison
Head of Experience, Global

Nick Smith
Course Content Creator, Global

Shrenik Ganatra
Course Content Creator & Teacher, New York

Nicki Vleisides
Lead Course Advisor, Global

Dina Shirin
Course Advisor, Global

Oli Stevenson
Marketing & Copywriting Lead, Global

Tia Ajala
Marketing & Communications Assistant, Global

Alex Daley
Experience Lead, Northern Hemisphere

Andy Dion
Experience Assistant, New York

Kim Melvin
Lead Teacher, New York

Tessa Canon
Graphic Design Teacher, New York

Justin Carey
Graphic Design Teacher, New York

Laura Moore
Graphic Design Teacher, New York

Anna Meyer
Graphic Design Teacher, New York

Sam Jacobs
Graphic Design Teacher, New York

Meg Bathard
Experience Assistant, London

Kym Rohman
Lead Teacher, London

George Simkin
Lead Teacher, London

Dan Wilson
Teacher & Special Projects, London

Mags Straatman
Graphic Design Teacher, London

Céline Bouichou
Graphic Design Teacher, London

Tina Victoria Afshar
Graphic Design Teacher, London

Rich Tucker
Graphic Design Teacher, London

Alessia Mazzarella
Graphic Design Teacher, London

Marco Invernizzi
Graphic Design Teacher, London

Claudia Rivera
Graphic Design Teacher, London

Ben Anthony
Graphic Design Teacher, London

Ella Shillington
Experience Lead, Southern Hemisphere

Jaimee-Lee Field
Graphic Design Teacher, Sydney/Warrang

Michelle Smalley
Graphic Design Teacher, Sydney/Warrang

Olivia Chen
Graphic Design Teacher, Sydney/Warrang

Micke Lindebergh
Graphic Design Teacher, Sydney/Warrang

Nathan Millard
Graphic Design Teacher, Melbourne/Naarm

Thiago Eichner
Lead Teacher, Online

Annette Dennis
Lead Teacher, Online

Elena Passeggi
Graphic Design Teacher, Online

Dave Bird
Graphic Design Teacher, Online

Amy Prus
Graphic Design Teacher, Online

Hilary Archer
Graphic Design Teacher, Online

Femi Coppi
Graphic Design Teacher, Online

Emily Comfort
Graphic Design Teacher, Online

Dahlia Ishak
Lead Teacher, Online

Sarah Napier
Graphic Design Teacher, Online

Andrea Osojnik
Graphic Design Teacher, Online

Lucy Kirkwood
Graphic Design Teacher, Online

Spencer Harrison
Graphic Design Teacher, Online

Nick Bailey
Graphic Design Teacher, Online

Adam Busby
Graphic Design Teacher, Online

Mitch Reyes
Graphic Design Teacher, Online

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