BLUEPRINT TEACHER OF THE YEAR: Mr. Crowell

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Caroline Nagle

Mr. Crowell accepts the Teacher of the Year award from BluePrint editor Jacob Bollinger.

Bill Crowell is one of those linchpin members of the Bellwood-Antis community.

Not only is he a veteran member of the B-A faculty, but he is also a valued coach, and it’s hard to imagine what the school might do without him.

However, beyond job titles, Mr. Crowell has been a man that has made an impact on the lives of his students, both in and out of the classroom. For all of those reasons, he has been selected as the BluePrint’s Teacher of the Year.

The BluePrint has voted on a Teacher of the Year recipient since 2015. The process involves several rounds of discussion, beginning with nominations. After the nominating period, which is conducted by BluePrint staff members, those names making the cut go through several rounds of discussion and voting before a winner is selected.

The award is meant to coincide with Teacher Appreciation Week. In the past it has been given out at the annual poetry slam in front of the student body, but because of COVID restrictions BluePrint staff members had to change their approach this year, instead surprising Mr. Crowell with his award don Friday.

A graduate of Cambria Heights, Mr. Crowell has taught at Bellwood-Antis for more than 30 years. Most of his day is spent instructing students in industrial arts, but he is also certified in and teaches Driver’s Ed. Outside of school, Mr. Crowell is a member of the Bellwood-Antis Blue Devils’ varsity football coaching staff.

The students who have had Mr. Crowell as a teacher or a coach made it very clear to the BluePrint how strongly they felt about his guidance as a teacher and his ability to make their days better with a class that is fun and enjoyable. Please take the time to check out our video for more.

Congratulations Mr. Crowell and thank you for all that you do!