Nikki Rotas is a PhD student at OISE, University of Toronto. She is a part of the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, specializing in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development. Nikki joined the TPI team in 2012 after completing her MA at OISE. She is an Ontario-certified teacher with primary/junior qualifications and her research interests pertain to embodied, ecological and relational art practices. Nikki is in the process of publishing and presenting pieces of her work. She has recently presented at academic conferences including: the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (2012), Curriculum and Pedagogy (2012), Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies (2013), and the American Educational Research Association (2013). Image: Deep Time in the Valley by Ferruccio Sardella, 2011. Evergreen Brick Works. Photo by Julie Smitka.