John Gensic is a Biology teacher at Penn Harris Madison School in Indiana. He is in his 12th year of teaching and has experience teaching grades 6-12 in a variety of different school environments, including urban, rural, and suburban. He has won numerous awards and grants since he began teaching, including the NSTA Vernier Award for innovative use of technology, the Jacob’s Educator Award, and a Letha’s Fund grant. He was named Penn Harris Madison School Corporation’s Teacher of the Year and a Top 10 Finalist for Indiana’s Teacher of the Year in 2016. He’s also a two-time Shell Science Teaching Award Finalist. John has been invited to speak regularly at local, state, and national science and education conferences. He is member of several professional learning communities including Notre Dame’s Extended Research Community, Purdue’s Research Goes to School program, and Indiana University’s Jacob’s Educator program.
John’s students consistently perform well above the Indiana state average passing rate on state standardized tests. His goal as a teacher is to continually engage students in standards-based activities that promote inquiry in the classroom.