N I K O L A C L A R K@nikola_ann

Have Courage & be Kind 💕
Special Ed Teacher + Advocate: Inclusion•Awareness
TMG: Model•Actress•Fitness•Disney Princess
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Oh my goodness, I’m in LOVE!! 😍 Today I was able to meet my upcoming 6th graders for next school year! I could not be more excited for these little angels to join team Clark! ..I mean, come on!!! Just look how friggin adorable they are!!! 😍👼🏼 .
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#angels #teamclark #MissClark #teacher #specialeducation #bestjobintheworld #sped #heaven #t21 #t21squad #squad #downsyndrome #nothingdownaboutit #differentabilities #love #bestfriends #personality #obsessed


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Loved shooting with @dijore_parkcity for @mountainexpressmag ! #round2 ...Take a stroll down Main Street in Park City to find out why they’re named “Park City’s best kept secret.” 🤫 📷:@instatan you’re the BEST! #headshot


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I am so overwhelmed with love and gratitude for this woman, today and every day... How can you adequately describe the deepest feelings of love and appreciation you have for a woman that starts sacrificing everything for you, before you're even born? How do you sufficiently express your feelings of gratitude to a woman who lives and breathes to make YOUR life better and more happy and fulfilled? To put it simply, words are not enough. All I know is that the older I get and the more experiences I have, the more challenging this life becomes annnnd the more I realize how much I truly need my mom.
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My mom has magical powers - From the time I was little, her kisses miraculously healed my scrapes and wounds, her counsel and words of wisdom immediately calmed my soul and minimized my pain and fears and no matter what I was going through, her hugs just seemed to make everything better.
And to this day, she does just that - she makes everything better.
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She is wise and logical, understanding and empathetic. She has taught me how to be mentally tough, physically strong and how to deepen my emotional intelligence. She has taught me how to “walk on higher ground” and “kill ‘em with kindness.” She has taught me that happiness is a choice and she has helped me understand and prove to myself that I can do hard things. She has taught me that true joy comes from helping, serving and sacrificing for others. She is my biggest fan and my greatest supporter. She is the life of the party. She inspires me to be a better human by the example she sets everyday. And my mom is the most Christlike human I know. .
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I recognize that the calling of a mother is sacred and special, and there is no doubt in my mind that Heavenly Father sent me to mine, to teach me specifically how to navigate through this crazy life and find my way back to Him. .
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I'm grateful for the light she is in my life. She's our peacemaker. She is our anchor. She is my best friend. Happy mother's day, mommy. I love you more than you will ever know. ❤️ #mothersday #mom #happymothersday #calling #celebrate #bestfriend #reflection #sacrifice #service #unconditionallove


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... inside joke, you wouldn’t get it. 😏


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Ubunto: “I am because we are.” .
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The S.N.A.P. Road Show was EPIC. From the amazing performances to the amount of friends that came to support, my heart was so full. I was in heaven and my little angels were rockstars! .
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It was so fun to have my roommate come along and experience this part of my life. One of my favorite things is to share my passion/my kids with the people I love and care about most. It gives people a deeper, more clear understanding of who I am. And let me tell you, pictures and videos do NOT do them justice. Thanks for coming Neeshy baby! .
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One of the most incredible things to witness last night was the mutual love and genuine excitement between my boys and peer tutors, outside of the classroom. As my boys finished their number, they jumped off the stage, ran to their friends with the BIGGEST smiles on their faces and gave each one of them a huge hug. It was precious, to say the least. 😍Peer tutors, it meant the world to these kids AND their families for you to be there! Thank youuu! ...Once you gain the title of “peer tutor,” you are apart of our family forever! (Whether you like it or not. 😜)
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As I was driving home, I was overwhelmed with emotion and gratitude, recognizing that what I had just experienced and what I experience every day is joy and love in its purest form. How lucky am I? ...It was very apparent that human connection, developing deeper relationships and genuine friendships, celebrating each other’s successes, being kind to everyone, loving with your whole heart and supporting one another are what life is all about!! “To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to love and be loved, that’s everything.”
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To say I’m proud of ALL of these kids is the understatement of the century. Love you guys soooo much! #teamClark #family #inclusion #MissClark #snap #roadshow #rockstars #angels #love #joy #bestfriends #theluckyfew #peertutors #specialeducation #differentabilities #morealikethandifferent


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Happy AUTISM AWARENESS Month!
Meet Zach, one of my awesome students that happens to have Autism. Despite some of the typical stereotypes of Autism, this kid is a social butterfly and loves interacting with people. He is silly, lighthearted, loves to laugh and makes everything fun. .
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Zach teaches me how to embrace authenticity and the importance of loving myself. He is comfortable with who he is and is always striving to learn from previous situations and become better today than he was yesterday. .
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We’ve been working on handling our emotions, emphasizing the power of choices and focusing on choosing to be happy - especially when times get tough and things don’t go our way. Zach is learning that when we choose to be happy and look for the positive, it’s actually easier to make good choices. .
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Zach also reminds me of the importance of having good, solid friends. I have seen his confidence grow and his social awareness increase, as he's constantly surrounded by his peers that include him, support him and celebrate their commonalities, as well as their differences. .
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Oh Zach-a-wanna, Miss Clark loves you soooo much! You make me feel like the LUCKIEST teacher on the planet. I’m your biggest fan! 😊


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I sure loved meeting baby Nora today. I’m obsessed with her! 😍 She is one of the tiniest, most precious humans I have ever seen. 4 lbs 10 oz.
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Babies really are a little slice of heaven on earth. Besides holding babies, one of my favorite things to witness is the beautiful growth in the brand new mommy’s and daddy’s. You can see the pure love they instantly have for their new little one, how their love for each other deepens and this indescribable bond between a mommy and her baby. Ahhhh... it’s seriously my favorite!! 😍
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@margotandrus , I am beyond happy for you and your new little family. Congrats on your beautiful girl. I love you both so much! Xoxo #newborn #love #babies #auntie #obsessed


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Today we boarded the magic school bus and went on a field trip to an assisted living center. We were able to work on our social/communication skills, listening skills, initiating conversations, following multi-step directions, ignoring bad behavior (🤭) and basic community skills, among many others. We had a blast!

I believe that it’s important for kids to recognize the benefits of human connection and learn that selfless service is transforming for both the giver and the receiver. Today we witnessed first hand that when you help someone else, it makes you happy.
We then went to McDonald’s for lunch, where we practiced how to read a menu, use our manners to order food and our “dollar more” money skills to then pay for our food.
Today was such a wonderful opportunity for us to apply and generalize some of the skills we work on in the classroom every day. I love our community outings! I also love that these peer tutors were able to come along.
Peer tutors, I hope you recognize the important role you all play in helping my students learn and master these fundamental skills. More importantly, I hope you can recognize the powerful impact you have on every single one one my students and everyone that gets to witness the magic created through your special bonds and friendships. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Miss Clark’s class sure love you all!! #fieldtrip #missclark #bestjobintheworld #specialeducation #teacher #bestfriends #inclusion #peertutors #assistedliving #mcdonalds #communitybasedinstruction


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Aubree turned TWO so we partied at the ZOO! 🐼🦁🐻🐯🐵 #birthdaygirl
Baby girl, your smile says it all. There is so much love for life in your little body. Your eyes are full of wonderment and you fearlessly see the world as a giant, ongoing adventure. I love your continual love for learning. It’s so fun to witness how you watch and observe others and then do your best to imitate their words and actions. You have no idea how much fulfillment you have brought to our family and how much joy you have brought to my life. Your personality is magnetic - we can’t help but smile and laugh when you’re around. I love your playful personality and how you constantly tease us, especially Harley🐶. I truly believe you have an innate desire and ability to make others happy.
Being your aunt is seriously the BEST! I love and cherish our special relationship. It makes my day when you see me and run to me with a giant smile on your face, yelling “KOKAAAAAA!” I love our crazy dance parties. I love our laugh attacks - when we laugh so hard we cry. I love communicating with our random sound effects. I love your sweet hugs and cuddles. I love your silly animal sounds and hearing you use the new words you are learning. And I love your sweet “much” kisses.

Aubree, words can’t express how much I love watching you grow and develop as a tiny human. Sweet girl, Koka sure loves you!!!! Remember, the best is yet to be. Wahooo! 💝🎊🎉🛍️🎈🎁#bestfriends #obsessed #AubreeandKoka #birthday #party #sunshinegirl #zoo #hoglezoo #love #family


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