Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. International Relations - University of California at Davis M.A. International Relations - The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Mrs. Gretchen Wickes
Welcome fabulous students and parents!
This is my 13th year of teaching, all here at LEE, where I teach AP World History and AP Macroeconomics. I have also taught U.S. Government and World Geography. My goal is to be able to harness my past experiences traveling, living, and working in Europe, East and South East Asia, and Washington, D.C. with my love of working with students, especially the wonderful, sweet, awesome ones here at LEE!
I grew up in Southern California and earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a minor in French at the University of California at Davis.
After college, I moved to Washington, D.C. where I worked for two Congressmen in the U.S. House of Representatives, handling various issues including foreign policy and defense. I then worked at the Brookings Institution's Center for Public Policy Education.
I attended The Johns Hopkins University’s School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where I earned a Master of Arts degree in International Relations and Japanese Studies. Afterwards, I worked for a Japanese Newspaper in D.C. and then at the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce on a program designed to incorporate U.S. business interests into U.S. international trade policy. I also headed up a program that brought the Japanese Trade Minister and other officials from the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to Washington to dialogue with our Secretary of Commerce and other officials to further our trade relationship with Japan.
My husband Brian, a Professor in the Department of Microbiology at the UT Health Science Center, and I lived in the San Francisco Bay area for five years after we were married and have been here in San Antonio for over 20 years. We have three children: a son, Cameron, who is a Biomedical Engineer with Abbott Laboratories in Indianapolis, a daughter, Camille, who is a NICU nurse in Dallas, working with the tiniest babies, and a daughter Nicolette, who is a senior in college, swimming for the University of Evansville and studying to be an Occupational Therapist.
In addition to teaching, I enjoy working with students in the following three clubs that I sponsor:
Co-Sponsor of Model UN (2017 to present)
Sponsor of Current Events Club (2015 to present)
Sponsor of the Make-A-Wish Kids Club (2019- present)
Ms. Willa Rubin will be teaching along with Ms. Wickes this year!:
"I graduated from Trinity in 2018, and now I am back to earn my Masters in Teaching. At Trinity, I studied Political Science and Environmental Studies. I am very passionate about environmental policy and education, and I was fortunate to meet and learn from environmental leaders in San Antonio throughout my undergraduate education. After college, I worked for two years as a College Adviser at Edison High School in SAISD. I advised Junior and Senior students as they navigated the college application process. Together, we worked on applications, financial aid, scholarships and more! Being a College Adviser was a wonderful opportunity to get a taste of what being a teacher may be like, and that is what eventually led me to come back to Trinity for the MAT program.
In my free time, I love to be outside. I spend a lot of weekends going on hikes, camping trips, or rock climbing. I also love to use my artistic skills and make things; crocheting while watching reality t.v. may be my favorite pastime.
I am also a life long chorus member. In grade school, choir was my whole life! I served in officer positions and competed in TMEA every year. At Trinity, I continued singing in the Chamber Singers group. We actually got to travel all the way to Austria to perform together. Now, I am part of a community choir called the San Antonio Choral Society. I love singing, and feel lucky to have it be such a constant in my life.
I cannot wait to be a part of all of your journeys this year. We are going to learn and grow together, and hopefully have lots of fun!"
1st Period: AP Macro Economics
2nd Period: AP Macro Economics
3rd Period: AP World History Modern
4th Period: Conference
5th Period: Lunch
6th Period: AP World History Modern
7th Period: AP World History Modern
8th Period: AP World History Modern