Discover classroom teachers that are at the cutting edge of innovation in a discussion between the winners of Raytheon Leaders In Education Award, leadership from Raytheon, and leadership from Tucson Values Teachers.
Nicole (Niki) Tilicki is currently teaching intermediate grades at a public STEM school, Innovation Academy in Oro Valley, Arizona which first opened in August, 2017. Tilicki’s 27 years of experience were instrumental in setting many of the foundations at Innovation Academy, including the inception of the school’s student council and algebra club. Tilicki holds a Bachelor of Art in Education from the University of Arizona as well as a Master of Arts in Education, secondary counseling from the University of Phoenix in Tucson. Among her accomplishments, Tilicki has received: Raytheon Tucson Values Teachers – Leaders in Education Award, Bear Essential News – Educator of the Month, Alpha-Beta Company – Teacher of the Year, Master Teacher Award – Intel Technologies, and the KGUN-9 – Classroom Teacher Award. Tilicki serves various committees and peer training at Amphitheater School District. She has collaborated in the development of curriculum including both the University of Arizona’s Project Wet and Biosphere 2, focusing on water and conservation. Additionally, she is active in the community, volunteering her time at the YMCA, Kids Unlimited, and Project Grad.