Meet the Faculty and Staff
- J. Nikkie Kirby
- Adjunct Lecturer
- B.A. English Language and Literature, Spanish Language and Literature Transylvania University, Lexington KY
- M.A. Linguistically Diverse Education, Adult ESL University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO
Hi Everyone! I was born and raised in Kentucky, and received my undergraduate degree in English and Spanish Language and Literature from Transylvania University (no, we aren’t ALL vampires!). While I was still an undergrad, I began volunteer tutoring English to Hispanic immigrants and I quickly realized how much I enjoyed being in the classroom. I eventually decided to move to Colorado in 2005 to get my Master’s degree from the University of Colorado in Linguistically Diverse Education. I have had the pleasure of working with students from around the world (30 different countries and counting!) in different university programs in both Colorado and Kentucky and I have also spent time teaching abroad in Mexico, where I finally got to practice my Spanish!
Now that I am back in Colorado, I am very excited to be working at DU. The students and other teachers are wonderful, and I enjoy my job every single day. When I am not in the classroom, I can be found outside playing in the mountains! I love to hike in the summer and snowboard in the winter! I also love to take pictures of all the beautiful scenery in Colorado and the interesting buildings and neighborhoods of Denver.