Ms. Nikitas received her B.S. degree in English from Eastern Illinois University in 2004. She worked as a teaching assistant in Special Education at an alternative high school for four years. She was subsequently accepted into a selective, progressive teacher training program, The Academy for Urban School Leadership. She received her M.A. in Teaching from National Louis University in 2009. She is currently working on her second thesis for an M.A. in English Literature from Northeastern Illinois University. She lives in Andersonville with her two cats, Sybil and Sadie.