Sullivan West Standout John Ogozalek High School Social Studies Teacher
It is a privilege to recognize our newest Sullivan West Standout, John Ogozalek. Congratulations, John!
For the past 33 years, John Ogozalek, or "Mr. O", has been a fixture in the Social Studies Department in our schools. During that time, he has taught a wide range of courses, including Participation in Government and Economics, to thousands of our communities' young people. Oftentimes, Mr. O teaches the Seniors at our High School, and he reflected that it "...is exciting, a little bit nerve-wracking, to see students go out into the world. I think it's a challenging time for students to enter the world, but we work to make sure that they are ready. I couldn't ask for a better group of students to work with."
Even with all of his teaching experience, Mr. O remains a learner himself. He shared that his favorite part about his job is "...talking to people - students, my colleagues, and learning new things. A lot of people know a lot of things that I don't. And it is great to laugh with them." He also reflected on the challenges involved in re-opening our school buildings during the current pandemic, and shared that it was one of the toughest things that he has seen in his teaching career.
When he's not in his classroom, Mr. O devotes time to the Upper Delaware Council as part of a citizens committee to give advice to the National Park Service about the River Corridor. In fact, Mr. O was recently honored with a Special Recognition Award from the Council for his outstanding work in advancing their cause.
Congratulations and thank you for your outstanding work, John!
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