Penncrest High School teacher Chris Grouzes has been named one of 12 finalists for the 2023 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Award.
Each year since 1995, the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year has honored one educator in the commonwealth who has embodied excellence in the classroom and has demonstrated a special ability to inspire students.
An alumnus of Penncrest himself, Mr. Grouzes teaches English, public speaking, and theater at the school. He is known for creating a learning environment that encourages students to explore their creativity, combined with a high level of rigor and rich discussions on various cultural perspectives. Self-advocacy, acceptance, and laughter are at the core of his personal philosophy and teaching methods. He is especially passionate about helping students overcome social and speaking anxieties.
Mr. Grouzes holds a master’s degree in communication studies from West Chester University and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Lock Haven University.
The individual named Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year will become a finalist for National Teacher of the Year. They also will be asked to participate in a variety of activities, such as serving on Pennsylvania Department of Education committees.
For more information on the award, visit https://nnstoy.org/chapter/pennsylvania/about-us/.