Meet Our Teachers: Scott Sowinski

Scott Sowinski teaches physics and forensic science in our Upper School and leads the development of our science curriculum. He also teaches drama, directs drama productions, and moderates the Arts Council.

Before joining the Morgan Park Academy faculty in 2016, Mr. Sowinski worked in educational consulting and school administration, and also did integrative programming with the Chicago Public Schools in technology and hybrid learning models. He was the head of curriculum and instruction on the North Side before coming home to the South Side. He also ran a private homeschooling program in New York City for more than a decade.

Mr. Sowinski is a voracious lifelong learner, working now on a Ph.D. in education policy after earning an undergraduate degree in multiple sciences and secondary education, a conservatory degree in opera, and two Master’s degrees: one in curriculum and instruction and another in education policy and organizational leadership and administration.

Q&A

What is the most important lesson you want students to learn in your class?

Ultimately, my goal is to shape people, not content. What they learn will matter very little if it does not serve to better them. I want students to recognize the importance of failure, find acceptance in error, and assert the courage to rise up and become more than when they started. I want them to think deeper and relay every effort to serve our global community in whatever path they choose. There is no “most important” lesson. Rather, I strive to teach them that every opportunity ignites the potential for greater change.

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What are your favorite moments with a student?

I enjoy watching them overcome struggles. When they achieve, I achieve, and we are all collectively bettered by the experience. The moments that make me feel the luckiest are when they shine and actively display the excellence I see in them.

What traits do you look for in your ‘ideal’ student?

This is an interesting question. Students find us. We don’t seek out their brilliance. As teachers we meet them because of all they offer us. I simply want to teach people who are actualized individuals. They share thoughts and explore and inquire. I seek out students like those I have found at MPA. They are my ideal. They are why I am here.

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