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Nikki Woxberg
Gifted Math Teacher
McNair Magnet School
Cocoa, Florida

Nicole Woxberg teaches gifted mathematics at Ronald McNair Magnet School in Cocoa, Fla. She teaches Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 Honors, Geometry Honors and the EarthKam program. She has been teaching in Brevard County for seven years.

As the gifted math teacher, Woxberg works to prepare her students for the rigorous challenges that lie ahead during high school. Her main goal is to provide an enriched program that challenges and inspires her students. Many lessons are interactive, hands-on activities with extended research. Students are taught to work in groups to problem solve and most projects are team based.

Woxberg joined McNair in 1999 and began teaching gifted mathematics in 2000. With that position came the responsibility of the EarthKam program. McNair has been involved with the EarthKam program for seven years. When the program began, it was known as KidSat. In this program, students actively participate in photographing and studying the surface of the Earth. In the past, the camera was sent up during space shuttle missions. However, the program changed due to the building of the International Space Station. Now, the camera is on the ISS and remains there for future missions. This allows more than one mission a year as well as accurate scheduling.

Prior to joining McNair, Woxberg worked at Clearlake Middle School in Cocoa with accelerated students and Kennedy Middle School in nearby Rockledge, Florida with dropout prevention students. She also coached track at all three schools.

Woxberg was born in Rockledge, Florida and received her A.A. from the University of Florida in 1990 and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Central Florida in 1991. She plans to begin her masters in Mathematics this fall at the University of Central Florida.

NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center