Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Queen’s University (Canada), a Masters degree in history from Baylor University, and a Masters in Public History from Western University (Canada). His perspectives on the rich world of education were shaped and formed from an early age. From the sixth grade through college he worked on his family’s nursery in Ontario, Canada, growing hundreds of different plants. The attention and care that went into making a little cutting into a fully rooted tree has proven to be a good metaphor for the work that goes into making a kindergarten student ready for the world in thirteen years. The more time he spends in the classroom, the more he is convinced that all work experience is relevant to teaching.
Prior to joining ACS, Dave taught fourth and eighth grades and coached varsity volleyball and basketball at Live Oak Classical School in Waco. He taught fourth grade for five years and was a sixth-grade history/geography teacher for one year at Regents School of Austin. His area of interest is history, although he enjoys learning new things in almost any area.
Dave and his wife Maria are coming up on their sixth wedding anniversary. This past year, they welcomed our first boy last year, Ary, who turned 1 in June.
Dave’s excitement for an education that is Christian and classical is best summarized by James KA Smith, in his book “You are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit.” In it, he says “Jesus is a teacher who doesn’t just form our intellect but forms our very loves. He isn’t content to simply deposit new ideas into your mind; he is after nothing less than your wants, your loves, your longings.” Teachers and Co-Teachers in a Christian and classical university model like ours at ACS get the awesome responsibility of equipping students to uncover, desire, and create that which is true, good, and beautiful.
Dave’s family attends Grace and Peace PCA, where is also an elder. He and Maria lead weekly Bible studies in their home, and Maria runs a youth adventure camp called CG Victory, which aims to share the joy of Christ by laughing, loving, and living adventurously.
Dave enjoys hiking on the Greenbelt with Ary and Maria, and playing volleyball, basketball, and ultimate frisbee with friends. He also loves gardening, drawing, playing guitar, reading books on any and everything, and drinking unreasonable amounts of coffee.
His desire for Austin Classical School students is to help them find opportunity in failure, and joy in learning.
A few fun facts about Mr. Sikkema: he is an identical twin and my wife is a fraternal twin. Additionally, he competed on Season 7 of American Ninja Warrior.