Staff Spotlight-Nick Puchek

Staff Spotlight-Nick Puchek
Posted on 09/17/2019

“Mr. Puchek is an upbeat and positive asset to our staff.  The students enjoy his classes.”
Dr. Tara Jenkins, SHS principal

Band Director 
Sullivan High School and Sullivan Middle School


About Mr.Puchek:

Nick Puchek hails from Highland, IN, where he attended Highland High School. Following high school graduation, he relocated to Terre Haute to and began his college career at Indiana State University. While studying at ISU, Mr. Puchek was the principal tubist in the Wind Orchestra and University Symphony Orchestra. He also performed with the Marching Sycamores and the Basketball Band.

Mr. Puchek earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Education in May 2019.

During his educational career, Mr. Puchek has worked with students in grades K-12 teaching general music, music appreciation, special education, guitar, band, and orchestra.Additionally, he has served as a student teacher at Sullivan High School, Sullivan Middle School, and Franklin Central High School.

Mr. Puchek brings a wide range of music experience to Southwest School Corporation. This past summer marked his eighth season with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps—a world-class perennial finalist marching arts organization that travels the country and competes with other corps of the same caliber.

He was selected to be a marching member of the ensemble from 2012-2015. In 2016, he interned with the brass educational staff, and during the 2017-2019 seasons, Mr. Puchek was selected to serve as a tuba instructor on the brass educational staff.  

Why he enjoys teaching: 

“I enjoy teaching because I enjoy improving the quality of life for every single student that walks into my band room,” said Mr. Puchek.  “I live for the ‘lightbulb moments,’—that moment when a student finally plays that tricky phrase correctly for the first time, or can finally match pitch with a drone.” 

He added, “I live for the look on the 6th graders’ faces when they finally get to put their brand new instruments together for the first time and make some noise.

Goals for the band program:

“Our students have the potential to do amazing things!” said Mr. Puchek.

“My goals for the band program are lofty but attainable. My first goal is to grow the program. This will allow us to take the band in a new direction by putting a longer half-time show on the field with better music and more movement. I also want to integrate our movement with the Arrowettes to produce a college-style half-time show. Not only will this be a great experience for the students, but the fans will enjoy a higher level of entertainment during football games.  For concert band, I want our program to have competitive success in ISSMA Concert Band Contests around the state.” 

Favorite teaching moment:

“My favorite teaching moment so far was the day I got to pass out brand new instruments to my beginning band class at the middle school,” said Mr. Puchek.  “The students couldn’t contain their excitement and there were smiles all around. It was like Christmas in September!”

When you are not teaching, how do you enjoy spending your time? 

When Mr. Puchek is not teaching, he likes to spend time relaxing with his two cats: Brahms and Pickles. He also likes to visit different nature reserves and festivals around Indiana and other surrounding states during the fall.  

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