Noblesville Schools has announced that Noblesville High School (NHS) teacher Andrew Wilkins has been nationally recognized with an Outstanding Teacher Award from Project Lead the Way (PLTW).
The science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) organization awarded the distinction to only 38 educators in the United States in recognition of the teachers’ transformative college and career classroom learning experiences.
Wilkins has been an NHS educator for over 18 years and is currently an engineering teacher and chair of the NHS Applied STEM department. Under his leadership, PLTW student enrollment has grown by 140% at NHS and NHS has been recognized for six consecutive years as a national PLTW distinguished school.
Wilkins is also responsible for earning NHS over $400,000 dollars in funding to expand STEM pathways and has developed strong relationships with area STEM businesses and organizations in support of students.
“Andy is a strong education leader who is passionate about growing students’ abilities to succeed in the careers of today and tomorrow,” said Dr. Craig McCaffrey, principal of Noblesville High School. “We are so fortunate that he chooses to share his gifts with our students and are proud to see him recognized in this way.”
In addition to dozens of traditional math and science courses, Noblesville Schools offers 17 different PLTW courses across all grade levels K-12 with students exploring robotics, biomedical, cybersecurity, aerospace engineering, construction, energy, weather and much more.
All ten of the district’s schools are recognized as PLTW Distinguished Schools, with Noblesville High School and Noblesville East Middle School receiving the top national honor for six years in a row.
Wilkins holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from Taylor University and a master’s in education from Indiana Wesleyan University.