Mrs. Nikki Akins
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2019-2020 Course Information
We will be restructuring the course offerings in the Education and Training department for the 2019-2020 school year. Please read through the following changes and sign up for courses accordingly. Please see me if you have any questions!
Teaching as a Profession 1 (TAP1) is an introductory level course for freshmen and sophomores. In TAP1, student cover the components of instruction, teaching strategies, types of assessment, student learning, working with special populations, and educational technology. Students will conduct observations of educators and create artifacts for a course portfolio.
Teaching as a Profession 2 (TAP2) is an applied-knowledge course for sophomores, juniors, or seniors. This course covers classroom management, higher order thinking, differentiating instruction, and strategies of effective classroom planning. Students in this course will demonstrate their skills in laboratory settings while building their course portfolio.
Teaching as a Profession 3 (TAP3) is a capstone course for juniors and seniors. This course covers classroom professionalism, ethics, policies, communications, and career requirements in education fields. TAP3 students will complete an internship and conclude work on their course portfolio.
Students enrolled in TAP3 have the opportunity to sign up for Dual Enrollment credit (Education 2100: Foundations of Education) through Austin Peay State University. Students must meet the following admission requirements to participate in the dual enrollment program:
- 3.0 High School GPA
- ACT English score = 19
- ACT Math score = 19
**Students who do not meet the ACT requirements may use a comparable score on the ACCUPLACER test.
Successful completion of this dual enrollment course will earn the student 2 hours of college credit.
Work Based Learning (WBL) is a capstone course intended to provide students with opportunities to apply the skills and knowledge learned in previous CTE and general education courses within a professional work environment. WBL interns are chosen through an application process and represent all of the Career and Technical Education programs at DCHS. Only seniors may apply. Applicants must have valid Tennessee Driver's License.
Live Your Dream.
I am a graduate of DCHS ('00) and the University of Tennessee at Martin ('04) where I majored in Family and Consumer Science Education. I worked as a 4-H Youth Development Agent in Cheatham County for three years before deciding to give classroom teaching a try in the fall of 2007. After spending one year at Hickman County High School I came home to DCHS in the fall of 2008. I received my Master of Education Degree in Career and Technical Education Leadership from Concordia University in the summer of 2016.
I have taught many classes, including Family and Consumer Science, Textiles and Clothing, Housing and Interior Design, Family Studies, Child Development, and more! I have found my passion working with students who are interested in exploring careers in the Education and Training field. Future educators inspire me with their passion, creativity, and desire to make a difference in the world. I am also the Work-Based Learning Coordinator for all of our Career and Technical Education programs at DCHS. It is so rewarding to help students find internships that allow them to make real-world, practical application of the concepts they have learned at our school while also networking with local businesses and professionals who can help them get a head start on their post-secondary goals.
My goal as a teacher is to prepare my students to be responsible, respectful, productive, and contributing members of our society. I want to help my students determine what their dreams and aspirations are and create a plan of action that will allow them to reach those goals.
I live in Burns with my husband, Jimmy, who is a science teacher. We have one daughter, Ella, and a cat named Violet.