Jitka Nelson is the Indiana Teacher of the Year

By Andrew Pillow

Today Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announced the 2017 Indiana Teacher of the Year. The winner was Jitka Nelson.

Jitka Nelson is an English teacher in Logansport Community Schools, and a 25 year plus veteran of the classroom.

The Indiana Department of Education summarized Jitka’s career on their website:

"Nelson is a graduate of the University of Southern Bohemia with a B.A. in Pedagogy and a dual M.A in Russian as a Foreign Language and Music. Nelson has been an instructional assistant and classroom teacher in three countries, including the Czech Republic and Canada in addition to the United States. She has been a teacher at Logansport Community High School since 2006. As Indiana’s 2017 Teacher of the Year, Nelson will represent Indiana in the National Teacher of the Year competition. A selection of her career awards is listed below.
Honors and Awards
  • 2016 Crystal Berry Award – Logansport District Teacher of the Year Award
  • 2015 Woman of Distinction Award – Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International
  • 2014 Pillar of the Logansport Community School Corporation Award"

The Indiana Teacher of the Year award has been given since 1957. The winner represents Indiana in the National Teacher of the Year competition.

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Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.