I am a survivor, and I am proud to have a professional stage to tell my story and share my passion...
I am a survivor, and I am proud to have a professional stage to tell my story and share my passion……
I grew up on the wrong side of the tracks with some family members that often made choices in life that offered grave consequences for my family….. my childhood was surrounded by poverty and addiction and the many subsets of issues that evolve when living in such conditions. Through the unconditional love of my Grandmother and the undeniable influence from my village in the educational system, I was able to use education and sports as my ticket to a new life.
Attending and completing Presbyterian College in 2004 was an amazing task within itself, but I was determined to keep moving forward and continue. In 2007 I finished my Master’s Degree and later completed my Educational Doctoral Degree in Educational Administration in 2018. Education is the Exit Plan and is the driving force behind all that I do today. I strive to help young people facing environmental hurdles overcome the challenges at home to survive, learn all they can, and use that knowledge to live and to live well.
I have been in education for 15 years and have served as a special education teacher, coach, and most recently I am the Athletic Director at Clinton High School in Clinton, SC. I would love an opportunity to speak to your school district’s faculty, athletic programs, district convocations, conferences, and any venue that could benefit from hearing how education saved my life. I developed a training for educators that have the privilege to teach children of poverty, and it is titled Education Is the Exit Plan. It is my life’s passion to inspire and motivate educators and students through the use of my training OR by speaking in different venues to share my story of survival. It is my hope that through my hardships I can show educators and young people that education can be the start of a new life for anyone that has a desire to live, and to live well.
Hope to speak to you soon!
Dr. Nickie L. Templeton
Survive. Learn. Live.