John Gensic is a Biology teacher at Penn Harris Madison School in Indiana. He is in his 15th 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 Research Experience for Teachers and Extended Research Community, Purdue’s Research Goes to School program, and Indiana University’s Jacob’s Educator program. He was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching in 2019.