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Vevay Resident Paul Hewitt Named 2017 Educator Of The Year

Posted On July 19, 2017

By Travis Thayer

The American Legion Department of Indiana has named Switzerland County Schools’ Paul Hewitt as the 2017 Educator of the Year for 7th and 8th grades. Photo by Joe Chung Photography.

(Vevay, Ind.) – A Switzerland County educator recently learned he is the winner of a prestigious award.

The American Legion Department of Indiana announced Tuesday that Vevay resident Paul Hewitt has been named the 2017 Educator of the Year for 7th and 8th grades.

Each year, the American Legion recognizes three educators, one each from the elementary, middle and high school levels. Each winner is judged based on their career, community service, family involvement and letters of recognition.

Hewitt, who was sponsored by American Legion Post 185 in the 9th District, currently teaches Health and Physical Education and Social Studies at Switzerland County Schools.

During his time at Switzerland County Schools, Hewitt has also coached multiple sports including: 8th grade boys basketball, junior high track and cross country, junior varsity basketball, and varsity baseball – in addition to serving as athletic director.

Hewitt says one of the biggest rewards of his teaching career has been the opportunity to take 8th graders to Gettysburg and Washington, D.C.

“This is the chance of a lifetime for some of our students,” Hewitt said. “Most won’t admit it, but I think this is a part of their lives they will never forget.

As Educator of the Year, Hewitt has received a $500 grant to his school from the American Legion Department of Indiana.