Jerry Bizjak is a social studies teacher at Albert Lea High School. He's been with District 241 since 1997. Jerry earned his BS in Political Science and History from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1991 and his Teaching Certification from UW - Madison in 1993. Before joining the district, Jerry taught social studies at Fairmont High School from 1994-1997.
Jerry has been awarded the Shellrock Watershed Conservationist of the Year (2006), a National Consortium for Teaching Asia fellow (2009), and a Council for Economic Education fellow (2010). His memberships include the Minnesota Council for Social Studies, the Minnesota Council for Economic Education, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
I love the many aspects of my job, but my biggest professional passion is international travel. In the past three years, I have travelled to the West Bank/Israel, China, and South Africa. Each experience has given me a unique first-hand perspective into the culture, history, economy, and education of each country. I thoroughly enjoy trying to bring back to my classes an understanding that what happens in other parts of the world affects their lives in Albert Lea and that there are many similarities between us. When I do travel, I greatly miss my three daughters...but they like it when I bring back presents.