Nikita Gibbs-Nolen was born and raised in Oakland, CA. She attended Cal State East Bay and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She later attended Alliant University to obtain a teaching credential and Master’s degree in Education. Her educational journey began in 2003 when she became a substitute in Oakland Unified School District. From 2005-present, she has worked as an Oakland elementary school teacher. She was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award and recognition for her participation in the California Reading and Literature Project. In 2018, She was featured in the Teacher’s of Oakland and The State of Black Education in Oakland’s Narrative Series. Nikita has been a mentor for new teachers and lead teacher since 2008. She is also a teacher Consultant with BAWP.