The official biography below was current at the time of the award.
Joel Crowley has been an educator at Milton Hershey School for 11 years. He currently serves as the first through fourth grade innovation lab instructor.
As the innovation lab instructor, Joel developed new curriculum encompassing coding, robotics, computer science, digital citizenship, career and technical education, engineering, and design thinking. His projects include collaborating with NASA's student spaceflight experiments program that sends experiments to the International Space Station; building a 3D printed aquaponic greenhouse; growing and harvesting kale to create a kid friendly green smoothie; and learning about various career paths. Another of his project’s has engaged second graders in a design thinking project for improving baby goat enclosures for local farmers.
Joel’s love of teaching extends beyond the classroom. He is a founding member of EdCamp Hersey, a teacher-led technology conference, and has served as an adjunct professor for Eduspire Solutions, teaching classes on EdTech tools and integrations. Joel has presented sessions on constructionist learning theory and design thinking at several conferences and published an article on design thinking in Educational Leadership.
Joel earned a B.S. in education from Shippensburg University and a M.S. in education from Wilkes University. He is certified in kindergarten through sixth grade elementary education.