2016-2017 is the year for returning staff at Helix, Brian Kick has returned as Helix’s Director of Data Systems and Information Technology (IT).
As the saying goes, “Once a scotty, always a scotty”. Kick started as an AVID tutor at the AVID Center in San Diego in 1987, while attending San Diego State University to get his Biology degree and teaching credential. When the science teacher position opened up here, “I applied and got hired as a teacher” Kick said.
Kick previously worked at Helix from 1991 to 2013, working numerous jobs. From 1991 to 1998, Kick taught courses such as AP Biology and Coordinated Science. During those years, he also co-authored Helix’s Charter Board, which was passed by the Grossmont Union High School District Board (GUHSD) in 1998.
Most recently, Kick has served as a Helix Charter Board member and Board President from 2009 to 2013.
Kick explained that he used to work at the AVID Center from 1998 to June 30, 2016, where he had multiple roles over the years. He focused on “integrating technology in all aspects of AVID.”
His roles included: Technology Coordinator, Director of Professional Development, Senior Learning Designer, Director of Instructional Design, and E-learning Arts, as well as being Director of IT for 9 years.
“Its great to be back at Helix, working with students and staff” Kick said. At AVID, Kick had the opportunity to visit many schools across the county, as rarely did, “I come across a school with a staff as dedicated to preparing students for success after high school” he said.
“Helix is a special place in that way, and our Charter Board gives us space to explore new ways to help our students envision and achieve success here and in college and/or career they choose” he said.
Kick explained that everyday brings new challenges, and one project he is working on is the new Chromebook initiative as a part of moving Helix’s curriculum into the digital age.
“This year, all Freshmen and Sophomores have them. That’s roughly 1300 new devices on our network” he said.
“The tech team has done a great job preparing and adjusting our wireless network for this.
We still have more work to do, however, as we prepare for all students to have Chromebooks by the 2018-2019 school year” he explained.
Paula Ann Trevino, senior Grade Level Principal has known Mr. Kick since 1993 and joked about him “being nerdy and energetic,” the first time she met him.
“He has already helped Helix before when he worked as a teacher, and I think that experience helps because he knows our school and what our teachers and students need” Trevino said.
Trevino explained, “he is a team player and is a leader in a way of having people work together. Because he was a teacher, he uses that kind of mindset now for Helix’s needs.
Trevino is excited to see where Kick takes the school with technology at the end of this school year and years on.
Richard Stack, Technology Specialist’s impression of Kick, whom he had met over the summer in a meeting, is “great because he has the understanding of knowledge to push us into the future of what we are doing.”
“He brings great knowledge, experience, and what Helix has lacked in the past, true leadership and managerial skills” Stack said.
Currently, Kick and the tech team are working on the network infrastructure so that they can support the over 3,000 devices Helix will need to in a couple of years.”
Kick said, “I really want our wireless network to be so consistent that teachers and students do not have to worry about it”.
Brian Kick has a respectable reputation and will take Helix to the next level of learning for students and teachers.