Bret Sikkink

Bret S.

Des Moines, IA
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Bret passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Bret delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2007

I am a professional educator with a ten-year teaching career. I began teaching students with autism in 2007 in Phoenix, Arizona and got my Master's degree in education. I moved to Mexico City in 2011 with my wife and miniature dachshund Chrysanthemum.

I spent six years living in Mexico City, teaching economics and philosophy courses to high school students looking to earn college credit. I have taught in the IB Diploma program and many of my students took the AP Micro and Macro exams as well. My students did extremely well on their end-of-course exams and many went on to study in the US at schools such as Berkeley, Stanford, Brown, NYU and more. In addition to preparing students for their exams and college, we also had a great time. I was voted twice in six years by the student body to give the commencement speech at graduation - it's the best award I've ever received!

In addition to economics, I taught Theory of Knowledge in the IB Diploma program, AP Seminar in the AP Capstone program, and Social & Cultural Anthropology as a department elective. I also speak Spanish and would be glad to help you brush up on your vocabulary.

I recently moved back to my hometown of Des Moines and I'm looking forward to meeting some Iowans who would like to learn economics!

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Experience

Writer, editor and curriculum designer
Aug 2016 - Jun 2017
Knotion

I wrote and edited learning experiences and designed curriculum for the Mexican educational technology start-up firm Knotion.

IB Economics Teacher
Aug 2011 - Jun 2017
The American School Foundation, A.C.

I've taught both years of the IB Diploma Program's Economics at the Higher Level. My students were also prepared for the AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics exams.

Education

Master's in Education
Mar 2009 - Nov 2010
Grand Canyon University
Bachelor of Science in Economics
Aug 2003 - May 2007
Creighton University

Languages

Spanish
Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Certified Educator I & II
Jul 2016
Google

I completed Google's Certified Educator's program showing proficiency in using technology in education

Lesson Study Facilitator
Nov 2014
Principal's Training Center

I studied coaching and facilitation to improve my leadership and management skills.

Awards

Standing Ovation Award
Oct 2016
The American School Foundation, A.C.

Photos & Videos

Walking down the aisle before giving my first graduation speech in 2013

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With my grandfather at the 2016 Ryder Cup

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Hiking to see the monarch butterfly sanctuary in Valle de Bravo, México with my wife and dog

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