Nikita LaCour – 6th Grade Mathematics and 6th-8th Engineering and Agriculture at Scotlandville Pre Engineering Magnet Academy – Baton Rouge, LA
Nikita is a twenty-three-year veteran mathematics teacher who has eagerly added agriculture science and engineering to her teaching skills. This published author’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in rehabilitation services and Master’s of Education in elementary education from Southern University and A&M College. Nikita serves as a leader in the JMTLI C-3R cohort funded by the Southern University Joseph Meyinsse Teacher Leader Institute and Shell Louisiana STEM Collaborative.
In addition, she is a mentor for multiple programs and universities. Employed in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, she also champions others as a group leader and educator for 4-H, Seed to Success, Close Up, Cornell Lab of Orthinology, Educational Tours, Future City Competition, Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory Research Center (LIGO) and MATE ROV. LaCour has presented locally and nationally, face-to-face, virtually, and hybrid on cultural relevance and STEM. She has written and awarded several grants and believes in inclusion, equity, and teaching across the curriculum. LaCour has recently presented at the LATM/LSTA joint conference, NSTA STEM conference, and the Smithsonian Cultural Relevance STEM conference. In addition, she has completed the Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certification Program and is in the BEE-TECH three-year cohort (Building Environmental and Educational Technology Competence and Leadership). LaCour’s daily goals are to educate, volunteer, and aid in building communities.