Nik White, MA

Director, Aspire Teacher Residency Central Valley at Alder GSE

As the Director of Alder at Aspire Central Valley Residency, Nik White is responsible for managing the Alder Graduate School of Education’s Teacher Residency in the Central Valley region of California. While new to the director role, Nicholas (Nik) has been an ambassador for Alder since his days as a resident. Nik first joined Alder in its formative years as a resident with Cohort II of the Aspire Teacher Residency program. Nik completed his residency year in North Oakland at Aspire Berkley Maynard Academy and was blessed to continue working there for the next eight years. While at Berkley Maynard Academy, Nik taught sixth-grade math and science and served in various instructional leadership roles, on-site and within the region. In the classroom, Nik’s students consistently outperformed their counterparts throughout the state, and in 2018 he was named Oakland’s People’s Choice Middle School Teacher of the Year. Also during this time, Nik had the honor of mentoring residents of Cohort VII and Cohort IX and representing Alder as an alumnus and mentor at various events, including co-planning and facilitating the panel discussion “The Role of Residency Programs in Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Teachers of Color” at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Alumni of Color Conference in 2016. Nik is excited to bring his experiences as a resident and mentor into his work as a Director as he cultivates the next generation of teachers. Nik holds a BA from San Francisco State University and an MA from the University of the Pacific.