Bio/Overview: Bredenkamp is currently an assistant principal at Westside High School in Omaha, Nebraska. Upon graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bredenkamp joined Teach for America and began his teaching career in the alternative program at Paul Robeson High School in Chicago, IL. While in Chicago he worked with John Hopkins University, implementing mathematical curriculum that focused on collaboration and problem solving. He also received a Master’s degree in teaching from Dominican University and taught statistics at Columbia College to graduate students in the Arts, Entertainment & Media Management program. Bredenkamp returned to Nebraska, eager to use the skills he had learned in Chicago in order to serve the community he grew up in. He taught in the alternative program for Westside Community Schools and worked to improve the mathematical rigor and also introduced new curriculum that improves students’ problem solving skills. He then became the Dean of Students for Westside and worked to implement PBiS into the district in order to decrease student discipline and increase student achievement. He is currently concluding his doctoral work at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, with an emphasis on School Finance.
Educational Values/Philosophy: Bredenkamp entered education with a desire to share his love of learning and Mathematics. He believes that all children can achieve success if instruction is individualized and innovative. Working in alternative settings taught him to adapt his curriculum in order to meet his students’ needs, as opposed to having student change to meet the demands of the curriculum. He believes that updating curriculum and utilizing technology and collaboration within the classroom will develop students’ problem solving skills. Bredenkamp believes that these skills are the most essential to students’ future successes in our ever-changing world. As an administrator, he strives to collaborate with teachers in order to help them continually improve their practice by utilizing many of the lessons he learned as an educator and as a Teaching Ambassador Fellow.
Achievements: Bredenkamp was selected as a 2014 Emerging Leader through the Phi Delta Kappa Emerging Leaders Program. He is also a member of the Practitioner Advisory Group Member for the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders at the American Institute for Research.
Leadership Experience: Bredenkamp has served as a member of several committees within his district, including those on merit pay, high school accreditation, and strategic planning on graduation rates. He also served as a mentor to teachers new to the alternative setting in order to share best practices. Bredenkamp also served as the building representative in his local teachers union. He currently chairs the PBiS committee for his school and is a member of the district-wide implementation team where he serves as the SWIS coordinator for the district.
Affiliations: Teach for America, Nebraska Association of School Business Officials, Phi Delta Kappa, American Institute for Research
Education: Bredenkamp received two bachelor degrees (in finance and mathematics) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and went on to earn a Master’s in teaching from Dominican University. Bredenkamp recently earned a second Master’s, in educational administration and supervision, from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He is currently working to obtain his EdD at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
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