ITEEA's 21st Century Leadership Academy provides an opportunity for rising technology and engineering educators from across the country to develop as professional leaders, develop community, and have experiences related to the promotion of technology and engineering education and support technological and engineering literacy for all students in our schools. Furthermore, the best practices are being shared throughout different regions of the country via the media technology established in the course of this year-long program.
Congratulations Abbi Richcreek, Edgewood Middle School PLTW Teacher, for being selected for this prestigious opportunity.
Abbi is an Engineering/Technology teacher at Edgewood Middle School in Warsaw, Indiana. Her undergraduate degrees in Industrial Technology and Japanese Education and a minor in Asian Studies were earned at Ball State University. She went on to Colorado State University as a teaching assistant and graduated with her master's in Engineering/Technology education. Richcreek sponsors robotics club and manufacturing clubs, where she organizes a Vex state qualifying event and an exhibition robotics tournament. Every year, Richcreek heads GoBabyGo! and ‘Forget Princess, I want to be an Engineer’ programs in her school district. In 2020, she was awarded the Patin’s Starfish Award for promoting inclusion and the 2020 PLTW Outstanding Gateway Teacher. From 2018 to 2020, she served ITEEA as the Region II Director. She is currently serving on ITEEA's Emerging Leader committee, Grace College Engineering Advisory Council, and training with Ford Motor Company Next Generation Learning (Ford NGL) on project-based learning. Outside of school, Abbi enjoys riding horses and spending time with her husband, Adam, and son, Ace.