Recovered quadriplegic alumna to inspire studentsPosted February 14, 2013
Motivational speaker and recovered quadriplegic Nika Maples will visit campus Feb. 18 to discuss her new book Twelve Clean Pages. Maples had a lupus-induced stroke that led to quadriplegia during her sophomore year at ACU, and she will return to the place where her journey began to tell her story of hope and recovery. Maples will speak during regular chapel at 11 a.m., and again during a 3:30 p.m. chapel forum in Cullen Auditorium.
"The courage Nika showed in battling against a disease that nearly killed her is truly inspirational," says Craig Fisher, director of alumni relations and annual projects. "We are proud to call her an alumna and hold her out as an example of the kind of godly servant-leader we train our students to become."
Students are sure to respond to Maples' enthusiasm and heartfelt, often humorous stories with a renewed sense of purpose and hope. Twelve Clean Pages tells the story of her miraculous recovery and the lessons she learned through a time of immense struggle. Maples shares her message with education, business and church groups.
After her recovery, Maples earned her B.S. in mass communications from Texas Wesleyan University and an M.A. in English education from Teachers College, Columbia University. After only four years of teaching in a public high school, the Texas Education Agency named Maples the 2007 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year. Currently, she teaches language arts and social studies to 5th grade students in Keller, Texas.
"Maples is not only an exceptional teacher in the classroom, but also an example of having the courage to let go of her own efforts and lean on God's mercy," Fisher says.