Nick Crowther, Reps. Ryan Aument & Bryan Cutler pose with students

Tech-ed teacher Crowther receives state citation

Congratulations to Nick Crowther, who has received another honor for his outstanding teaching skills.

Crowther Tuesday received a state citation from the Pennsylvania Legislature commending him for earning the Elementary Teacher Excellence Award from the Technology and Engineering Educators Association of Pennsylvania.

State Representatives Ryan Aument and Bryan Cutler presented the citation to Crowther Tuesday morning at Eshleman Elementary School, where he teaches applied engineering to students in grades one through six. Crowther also teaches at Letort Elementary and Penn Manor High School.

Crowther earned the teaching award for demonstrating “exemplary teaching characteristics,” an “experimental and innovative attitude” and the ability to “foster curiosity and generate excitement about learning to understand and apply technology and engineering concepts and practices.”

His award is the latest honor for Penn Manor’s applied engineering curriculum, which last year earned Program Excellence Awards from the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association and the Technology and Engineering Educators Association of Pennsylvania.

The curriculum was one of only two elementary programs in the United States to receive the national award and only the second elementary program since 1998 to receive the state honor. School officials from several districts across Pennsylvania have visited Penn Manor to observe classes.

Developed entirely by Penn Manor faculty, the curriculum engages students in hands-on math, science, engineering and technology problem-solving.