Adam Schmucker has been working in education for 23 years as a teacher and school leader committed to ongoing learning and inquiry communities across the professional lifespan. His career began in the mountains of Colorado where he worked as an elementary and middle school teacher, English as a Second Language teacher, bilingual education teacher, and instructional leader. Since 2008, Adam has been an elementary school leader in Quakertown, Pennsylvania.
Across various contexts, Adam has been committed to school and community partnerships, and to recognizing the diverse linguistic resources of students and families. As a school leader in Quakertown, he developed a school-based outreach program to strengthen connections between the school and its Spanish-speaking families. As a teacher and instructional leader in Colorado, he worked with Colorado Community Partnerships and the Vail Valley Youth Foundation where he was the founding director of an after-school Academic Soccer Program for under-served students and families.
In work with the Pennsylvania Department of Education Adam has served as a school leadership coach, mentor, and facilitator of principal development workshops through the Supporting Effective Educator Development grant and Inspired Leadership programs. In 2018, he received Pennsylvania’s Distinguished Principal Award from the National Association of Elementary School Principals. He has also been recognized as a Distinguished Principal by The National Institute of School Leadership.