Driven to provide an excellent education to students in Las Vegas, NV, Justin Brecht will apply the knowledge he acquires through The Fellowship to found and lead a high-performing school.
Born and raised in Denver, CO, Justin studied Political Science as an undergraduate, aspiring toward a career in politics. After a fortuitous part-time experience at a recreation program, however, he discovered that his real passion was in education. He was accepted as a Teach For America Corps member, and began teaching in Las Vegas. Under his leadership, his fourth and fifth grade students achieved over a year and a half’s worth of growth in reading, math, and writing.
After five years in the classroom, Justin went on to found an extended-day, high-achieving program for high poverty and minority students called Building Responsible, Independent, Compassionate Kids (BRICK) Academy, which focuses on the arts and STEM activities. BRICK has been recognized with various awards throughout the years, and in 2015 Justin was named ‘Teacher of the Year’ by the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Justin refuses to accept mediocrity or complacency in his school. A family man himself, with 10-year-old twins, he is committed to delivering quality educational experiences to his students, and creating a community where students can succeed.
Justin is a graduate of Colorado State University and earned his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Nevada–Las Vegas.