Adam Pietrykowski, a teacher at Switzerland County High School, is one of nine Indiana school teachers who has been honored as a “Martha Lea and Bill Armstrong Teacher Educator”.
The award is presented by the Indiana University School of Education.
The awards, which started in 1997, give teachers the opportunity to participate in professional development and work with IU faculty and students studying to be teachers during the school year.
The nominations come from school superintendents and principals, and are based on a pattern of outstanding teaching and school leadership. Nominees must also demonstrate potential to work effectively as mentors and role models for pre-service teachers.
Pietrykowski was nominated by Switzerland County High School Principal Gregg Goewert.
Winners are selected by a committee consisting of IU faculty, students, and former recipients of the award.
Since its inception, more than 150 Indiana teachers have been selected as Armstrong Teacher Educators.
In the information announcing the award, the following information on Pietrykowski is presented:
Adam Pietrykowski is the AP U.S. History, World Geography, and World History teacher at Switzerland County High School in Vevay, where he is also the varsity girls track coach. He strives to create a sense of connection and empathy with the people of the past, which he believes is the key to understanding history. One of the ways he does this is by leading his students through a tour of a plantation home, historic sites, and architecture of Indianapolis. Pietrykowski’s students have taken on the part of slaves as part of Connor Prairie’s “Follow the North Star” program.
Under Pietrykowski’s leadership at Switzerland County High School, enrollment in AP U.S. History has risen from 5 percent to now include a quarter of the junior class. The course is interactive, and Pietrykowski pays special attention to helping students learn in a variety of ways, using creative methods and multiple approaches to the curriculum.