I’d like you to meet someone who has been a big part of my life at Nyack. Meet Dr. Nichols. He’s the Chair of the Adolescent Education Department at Nyack College, and if you’re an Adolescent Education Major, chances are you’ll find yourself in some of his classes, wind-up in his office for advisement, and you’ll also get to hear some interesting stories from his years of experience in our field. Meet Dr. Nichols:
- How Did You Come to Work at Nyack College?
I had just retired from working for thirty years in the public school system, and decided that I really wanted to try working in a Christian college environment. Fun fact, my first day of teaching at the college was at the Manhattan Campus. I’ll never forget that day, because I had been stung by a yellow jacket (I’m allergic), and I had to teach my first class on crutches. That was quite a day.
- What is Your Favorite Part about Teaching at Nyack?
That’s easy. It’s the students. I love working with the Christian college students here, and am constantly amazed at the Christian values of our teacher candidates.
- What’s Something Interesting/Random that Students Might Not Know about You?
In eighth grade I was the spelling bee champion at school.
- If You Could Design and Teach any Course What Would it Be and Why?
I would love to teach a course on practical writing. It would be a College Writing course designed specifically for future educators, and would focus on the kinds of writing so prevalent in the world of education. We would focus on things like lesson plans and the like. It would be all about real life writing.
- What One Piece of Advice You’d Like to Give Students?
I have two pieces of advice, really. My first piece of advice is to work smarter not harder. My second piece of advice would be specifically for Education Majors. Always realize that schools are for learning, not teaching. You have to figure out as a teacher how to create the best environment for learning.
- What’s Your Favorite Quote?
(He started singing this one). That would be Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Thanks for listening, everyone.
Now you have officially met Dr. Nichols. Welcome to the Adolescent Education Department at Nyack College.