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.


Academic & Career Coach | July 2019—present
Finlandia University — TRiO Student Support Services | Hancock, Michigan
I help first-generation and disadvantaged college students to succeed in college and transition to a career.

Adult Basic Education (GED) Instructor  |  July 2018—June 2019
Contractor for the
State of Alaska Department of Corrections
Yukon-Kuskokwim Correctional Center  |  Bethel, Alaska
I helped incarcerated students to improve academic skills, including reading and math, and prepare for GED testing.

Adjunct Instructor of Developmental Mathematics  |  January 2014—May 2019
University of Alaska FairbanksKuskokwim Campus  |  Bethel, Alaska
I 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 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.

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. 2021
     University of Alaska Fairbanks
         Fairbanks, Alaska
Online Innovation & Design

Certificate, 2009
     Aquinas College
         Grand Rapids, Michigan


Educational Opportunity

Alaska Adult Education Association
         board member, 2018-2019

Alaska Society for Technology
          in Education

          member, 2014-2017

Pi Mu Epsilon
         college math honor society

iTeachU training 
UAF eCampus, May 2015

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.

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.

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—2019

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