Degrees and Certifications:
BA Historical Studies MA Political Science Social Studies 4-8 Technology Applications EC-12
Mr. Nicholas Wester
I was born in Waterloo, Iowa in 1980, moving to Texas when I was in the second grade. Most of my life has been in North Texas, though my heart never quite left the Midwest. After graduating from Plano East Senior High School I completed both my Bachelor’s in Historical Studies and my Master’s of Political Science at the University of Texas at Dallas. I first obtained my certification for Social Studies 4-8 in 2006 and I spent the previous seven school years teaching 7th and 8th grade Social Studies at Stockard Middle School in Dallas ISD. Three years ago I acquired certification to teach Technology Applications EC-12 and have since made the switch to our CTE team. I have been a member of this community since 2013 and I am excited to begin contributing to the neighborhood in which I live.
This year I will be teaching Intermediate and Advanced Technology Applications as well as Introduction to Engineering and Gateway III. I am excited to be working with kids on these project-based courses that help prepare them for the future and push them to use critical thinking skills to solve real issues. I would encourage all students enrolled in Introduction to Enginnering or Gateway III to have a composition notebook dedicated to that course.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I encourage communication and feedback!
Tech Apps 6 - Middle School course covering the essentials of computers (how they work and how to use productivity products) and early staged of web design. This is graded on the middle school grading scale (60% daily assignments, 40% summative )
Gateway 1 - This course teaches the elements of 3D design (both phsycially and digitally) and the essentails of robotics. This is a High School credit course and follow the high school grading scale (40% daily assignments, 60% summative)
Gateway 3 - This course is divided into two portions. Energy & the Environment covers various sources of energy and their impact on the planet while Flight & Space covers the design of aircraft and how they work. This is a High School credit course and follow the high school grading scale (40% daily assignments, 60% summative)
Conference Period: 8:55 - 9:47 AM
Tutoring on Monday and Thursday mornings from 7:30-8:00