Nicholas Kwiek

Infinitely adaptable educator with experience teaching diverse student groups including secondary, post-secondary,
and adult basic education; integrating technology in the classroom; and in online and distance learning.
Dedicated to fostering student growth and success through relationship and teaching.


Adjunct Instructor of Developmental Mathematics  |  January 2014—present
University of Alaska FairbanksKuskokwim Campus  |  Bethel, Alaska
I have taught algebra and prealgebra, lecture and support lab classes, both face-to-face to traditional students in Bethel and by distance delivery to nontraditional students in the remote villages of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Adult Basic Education (GED) Instructor  |  July 2018—present
Contractor for the
State of Alaska Department of Corrections
Yukon-Kuskokwim Correctional Center  |  Bethel, Alaska
I help incarcerated students to improve academic skills, including reading and math, and prepare for GED testing.

Adult Basic Education Program Coordinator  |  July 2014—August 2016
Yuut Elitnaurviat—The People’s Learning Center  |  Bethel, Alaska
I coordinated the Bethel Regional Adult Basic Education Program: planned programs and events; developed curriculum; taught math, science, social studies, and reading and writing classes and workshops; managed a web and social media presence for the Program; managed student data across three databases; and supervised contract facilitators in multiple remote villages throughout the region.

Village Adult Basic Education Coordinator  |  August 2013—July 2014
Yuut Elitnaurviat—The People’s Learning Center  |  Bethel, Alaska
I coordinated all programs to prepare students in remote villages for the GED exams.

Career Guide  |  December 2012—August 2013
Yuut Elitnaurviat—The People’s Learning Center  |  Bethel, Alaska
I traveled to remote villages to offer driver education and the DMV written test. I also taught GED Math Intensive Workshops in Bethel to help people who struggle with math to graduate.

Adult Basic Education Facilitator  |  October—December 2012
Yuut Elitnaurviat—The People’s Learning Center  |  Bethel, Alaska
I helped residents of the Tundra Center to prepare for the GED exams.

Tutor  |  June 2010—July 2012
Grand Rapids Public Schools  |  Grand Rapids, Michigan
I tutored students in all subjects, most working on online credit recovery classes. During Summer School, I also took a leading role in classroom management and development of classroom procedures for technology use. In spring 2012, I worked with non-English speaking migrant students in an ELL program, tutoring English and math.

Substitute Teacher in Grand Rapids Public Schools  |  April 2008—June 2012
Professional Educational Services Group  |  Caledonia, Michigan
I taught Mathematics, Science, History, English, Spanish, and Art in inner-city, alternative, Montessori, and college preparatory middle and high schools. I taught Biology and Chemistry at Union High School for most of the 2010-11 school year.


Bachelor of Arts, 2006
     Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio
         minors in Math & Classics

Master of Education, exp. 2020
     University of Alaska Fairbanks
         Fairbanks, Alaska
Online Innovation & Design

Certificate, 2011
     Aquinas College
         Grand Rapids, Michigan


Alaska Adult Education Association
         board member

Alaska Society for Technology
          in Education

Pi Mu Epsilon
         college math honor society

iTeachU training 
UAF eCampus

Restorative Practices training

Eagle Scout


Differentiated instruction

Distance education

Technology integration

Cultural awareness

Organization & Communication

Problem solving



Statistics Teacher  |  February—May 2017
Lower Kuskokwim School Dist.—Bethel Regional High School | Bethel, Alaska
I taught an elective math class by distance delivery using Google Apps.

Distance Math Instructor  |  September—December 2016
Ninestar Education & Employment Services  |  Anchorage, Alaska
I taught a distance-delivered Applied Math class for adult basic education students around Alaska from Bethel.

Intensive Needs Aide |  September—December 2012
Lower Kuskokwim School Dist.Bethel Regional High School | Bethel, Alaska
I worked with special education students who require one-to-one instruction and assistance.

High School Religion Teacher  |  August 2011—April 2012
Manistee Catholic Central School  |   Manistee, Michigan
I taught 8th–12th grade religion, including an elective course on Social Justice, and served as Campus Minister for a pre-K–12 Catholic School. 

Office Coordinator  |  May 2010—July 2011
Institute for Global Education  |  Grand Rapids, Michigan
I coordinated the weekly functions of a small non-profit organization, including events, volunteers, and communications. 

Outdoor Education Instructor  |  September—November 2010
Blandford Nature Center  |  Grand Rapids, Michigan
I taught 9th grade students about pioneer life, wildlife adaptations, and water issues, outdoors.

Coordinator of Faith Formation & Youth Ministry  |  August 2008—July 2009
Saint Michael’s Catholic Community  |  Coopersville, Michigan
I coordinated all faith formation activities, including youth ministry and Sacrament preparation, for a rural parish of 300 families.


Finish Line Coordinator
     Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race
     Bethel, Alaska  
|  2015—present

Canine Foster
     Bethel Friends of Canines
    Bethel, Alaska  
|  2012—2014

Youth Ministry volunteer
     Immaculate Conception Church
    Bethel, Alaska  
|  2012—2013

Camp Staff
     DYMO Ministries
    Gd. Rapids, Mich.  
|  2008–2012

Assistant Scoutmaster
Merit Badge Counsellor
     Boy Scouts of America
    Gerald R. Ford Council
    Gd. Rapids, Mich.  
|  2005–2011

ESL Tutor
Cathedral of Saint Andrew
    Grand Rapids, Michigan  
|  2010

Festival & Camp Volunteer
     Blandford Nature Center
    Gd. Rapids, Mich.  
|  1997–2010