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Evan Czyzowski has put off sleep until later in life
Evan Czyzowski, 33Home: Exeter
Family: Mother, Connie Roy-Czyzowski; father, Janusz Czyzowski; brothers, Stefan Czyzowski and Andrew Czyzowski
High school: Manchester High School West, Class of 1999
College/post grad degrees: B.A., English, with philosophy and history minors, UNH, and M.A. in literature, UNH
Current job: English teacher, drama program director, president of Sanborn Regional Education Association, and Pathways program coordinator for arts, humanities, and human services
Key past positions held: Co-director of the Polish-American English Summer Program
Volunteer activities: National Education Association — N.H. (executive board member), Sino-American Bridge for English and Health, and Polish-American English Summer Program Key current professional challenge: As one of the coordinators of the Pathways Program at Sanborn, I am working with a team to create a new program that better prepares students to be more college and career ready. Through this program, high school students have the opportunity to explore their potential career options by working in internships and job-shadows while earning high school credits.
Last major achievement: For the past two summers I have been traveling to China to collaborate with Chinese teachers on education strategies. This collaboration has been a significant step toward understanding and bridging these education systems.
Biggest problem facing New Hampshire: We need to continue to make every effort to ensure that every child in New Hampshire has access to the best possible education, from kindergarten through college.
Favorite place in New Hampshire: New Hampshire is such a beautiful state and I love hiking in the White Mountains and exploring the rocky areas of the seacoast.
What book are you reading now? "New and Selected Poems" by Charles Simic and "That Used To Be Us" by Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum
How do you relax? I relax by cooking a big meal and enjoying it with friends and family. A big helping of dessert and listening to jazz are also essentials to that equation.
What websites do you visit most often? www.npr.org
Favorite TV show, radio station or musical artist: Led Zeppelin continues to reign as the greatest band of all time, and "Seinfeld" remains the pinnacle of humor.
"I've put off sleep until later in my life," he said.
Czyzowski, 33, is an English teacher and drama program director at Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston.
He's also president of Sanborn Regional Education Association and the Pathways program coordinator for arts, humanities, and human services.
A resident of Exeter, Czyzowski serves as a volunteer executive board member on the National Education Association-New Hampshire and volunteers with the Sino-American Bridge for Education and Health and the Polish-American English Summer Program.
After earning his bachelor's degree in English and then a master's degree in literature at the University of New Hampshire, Czyzowski worked as an adjunct instructor of English at UNH.
A teaching career wasn't in the cards until he began working in the classroom.
"It wasn't really planned that I was going to become a teacher. I started doing it at UNH and fell in love with it then," he said.
As one of the coordinators of the Pathways program at Sanborn, Czyzowski is working with a team to create a new program that better prepares students for college and their future careers.
Through the program, he said high school students have the opportunity to explore their potential career options by working in internships and participating in job shadows while earning high school credits. Czyzowski is also often busy making plans to spend school vacations traveling abroad with students.
As the former co-director of the Polish-American English Summer Program, Czyzowski brought groups of students to Poland for six weeks to work as interns teaching English to Polish students.
They've traveled to other parts of the world as well during February and April vacations, and soon will visit England to learn more about Shakespeare.
"I've done my best to show New Hampshire students the world," said Czyzowski, whose father was a Polish immigrant who came to New Hampshire in the 1970s.
For the past two summers, Czyzowski has traveled to China to collaborate with Chinese teachers on education strategies. He said collaboration has been a significant step toward understanding and bridging these education systems.
With a busy drama club rehearsal schedule and taking students to job shadows and on international educational trips, Czyzowski spends a lot of time with students outside of the classroom.
"I think it speaks to the fact that teachers and educators aren't just in the classroom," he said.
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