Kindergarten-8th Grade Spanish
Nicole Kirkish is excited to expand her Spanish teaching duties to all grade levels having been the Middle School Spanish teacher last year. As a part of the HOPE community for seven years, she has served as a substitute teacher in almost every grade, served in the front office, and as an interim Spanish teacher.
Born in Minnesota, but raised as a missionary kid, Nicole's family spent one year in Costa Rica where they lived with a Costa Rican family and she attended a totally Spanish-speaking school. They then moved to Lima, Peru where Nicole attended a bilingual international school for ten years. Her parents taught their children a deep respect and love for the Peruvian people and their culture, and an enduring love for Jesus.
She returned to the U.S. after graduating from high school to attend John Brown University in Arkansas. She eventually settled in Arizona and taught several years at a local preschool, but most importantly, met the love of her life, Ryan. They have been married for 20 years and have two wonderful children who attend HOPE.; Kai is in 5th grade and Alexis in 8th.
Nicole's fluency makes her uniquely qualified to teach Spanish, but it is the passion and love for the language, the Latin American people, and their culture that she hopes to share with her students..