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Nikki Drury

Literacy Trainer

What I like most about my role within the Center is…

Every day I get to immerse myself in my favorite topic: Literacy!

What I believe in

I believe language is powerful, and when we give students the ability to use language, we empower them to shape the world with their words, learn more about themselves and others, and delight in the pleasures of great literature. 

Previous work highlights

Before coming to the Center, I was a classroom teacher and literacy coach.

Favorite book

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell 

Fun fact

At 10 years old I was the Texas state baton twirling champion.


BS Interdisciplinary Studies, Sam Houston State University 

M.Ed. Educational Leadership, Texas A&M  

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Featured Blog Posts

September 22, 2023 Irene Fountas, Director

Calling All Coaches: Consider Small Language Moves for a Big Impact  

If you are a coach, teacher leader, principal or other administrator, you may not fully realize how your language impacts each educator in your school community.

September 12, 2023 Nikki Drury, Literacy Trainer

Getting to Know Your Readers

Observational assessment, in the form of a benchmark reading conference, is a good way to begin the journey of teaching literacy in the new school year.

August 10, 2023 Genevieve Arcovio, Literacy Trainer

A World of Songs, Poems, and Nursery Rhymes 

Have you considered the many benefits of using songs, nursery rhymes, and poetry in your classroom? Here are some recommendations as you get started.