Position: 8th Grade Science
School: Hebron Middle School
School District: MSD of Boone Township
City, State: Hebron, Indiana
About the Nominee: Dan Pastrick has been a science teacher at Hebron Middle School for almost 20 years. He is an exceptional teacher in the classroom who uses innovative techniques and learning strategies. Mr. Pastrick has a true passion for the students, and it shows through his great effort. His passion extends far beyond the walls of his classroom; he is motivated to help make the community of Hebron a better place to live and work. Mr. Pastrick leads the National Junior Honor Society with service projects such as the HMS Haunted House. The Haunted House raises over $5,000 each year for the local Lion's Club Angel Tree, an organization that supplies gifts to those in need during the holidays. His generosity has cultivated an atmosphere at Hebron Middle School where service projects are a major part of the curriculum. Mr. Pastrick also leads the school's Mentoring Program, where 7th and 8th grade students mentor the 6th grade students as they transition into middle school. He helped write the curriculum for this program, and it has become one of the most important reasons why Hebron Middle School has a compassionate atmosphere for students and staff.
When students leave HMS, they come back on a daily basis to visit Mr. Pastrick and help him with projects. He has been a true LifeChanger in the Hebron community!