Erika Nygard recently moved to Louisville from Austin, Texas, where she lived for four years, married her husband Cody, and finished graduate school. She holds a degree in education from Liberty University, as well as a M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Texas State University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in education and social change at Bellarmine University with emphasis in literacy-based practices in early development — examining young learners in poverty and exploring the intersection of play and creative writing. She is a seasoned folk musicians and loves to bring music to the classroom.