From an Economics teacher to an ASB Advisor to a Wrestling Coach, Adam Krzywicki has proven that in spite of the vast responsibility he carries, he sets an example; that anything can be accomplished with good habits, organization, and help from a reliable team.
Although Krzywicki, often referred to as “Adam” or “Coach K” by students and peers, appears to have recently taken on quite a large amount of responsibility, he is no stranger to the work each job requires.
“I’ve been a teacher for eight years at Monte Vista High School,” said Krzywicki. “During those eight years I’ve been the [ASB] advisor for seven, I was the yearbook advisor for four years, and I taught Economics, [including] AP economics, and I coached wrestling there.”
With his involvement in multiple scholastic and extracurricular organizations, Krzywicki has learned to understand students, collaborating with them to accomplish the extracurricular events at school.
“I think I relate to students well for the most part, I really like working with students. I enjoy interacting with [them] and like to see them succeed,” Krzywicki said.
Salvador Corillo, a junior on the varsity wrestling team, believes that his coach accomplishes this connection and knows how to instil confidence into the team.
“He’s a good coach overall. He might not always be too strict but he does have his moments where he can yell and it’s a good thing,” said Corillo. “He is able to give good advice during practice and although he may not have all the answers he knows his stuff pretty well.”
Carlos Sanchez, a junior on the varsity wrestling, agrees with Corillo.
“As the varsity wrestling coach, he is really dedicated to his team. He is constantly pushing us to better ourselves on the mat,” said Sanchez. “Above all he is a person that the whole team sees as a friend.”
With his coaching skills, the Helix wrestling team has made great strides in these past two years since Krzywicki has been the coach. During Krzywicki’s first year as a coach, the team started off winning a slight majority of their duels, sending three guys to the Masters Tournament.
Last year, however, the team almost went undefeated in duels, losing only to Steele Canyon, the former league champions, and was able to send five wrestlers off to the Masters Tournament. With a majority of the team being mostly comprised of sophomores and only a handful of juniors and seniors, this was an impressive accomplishment. With a now more seasoned team, the future looks good for the Helix Wrestling team.
Although Krzywicki has taken on the responsibilities of being the Helix wrestling coach, he has also recently been appointed as the new Helix ASB advisor. Just like with the wrestling team, Krzywicki has had to connect and understand a whole new group of students. Although according to Amaris Munoz, a senior and the ASB President, he has been a very healthy asset to the ASB team.
“He has a lot of new ideas that we could implement at school. From events to organization in ASB,” said Munoz. “I think he is an enthusiastic teacher and I am so sure that he will continue to bring a positive energy to not only ASB but to the students as well.”
To add on to his workload, he is also a college prep economics teacher here at Helix.
“I think I work hard, I like to set an example,” said Krzywicki.
Despite his large workload, Krzywicki only strives to improve on the foundations and organizations he now works with.
“My biggest goal is to try and make things better in everything that I am involved in here at Helix. I’m hoping to make positive experiences with my students and trying to create programs that are well respected and that can achieve their goals. We’re always looking to get better,” said Krzywicki.
Despite his massive involvement in many academic activities, Krzywicki likes to thank the great partners he has that him accomplish such a large workload.
“Without a doubt, you can’t do everything by yourself and I think that it’s very important to have good people that you can rely on and that can be there for when things do get crazy,” said Krzywicki. “I have a great assistant coach for the wrestling team, I have a great ASB assistant as well, and also students themselves. You really have to rely on a team to get big things accomplished and be productive in all the things you do.”
When it comes to his students, he only wishes the best for them. Being an Economics teacher really opens ones eyes to the consequences and rewards that each decision could lead to. Being aware of the opportunity costs, Krzywicki encourages his students to make the best decisions
“The ultimate thing is to have a goal in itself I want them to challenge themselves and looking to improve themselves. … I [emphasize] education after high school. Others may go to vocational education or apprenticeship,” said Krzywicki, “I just want students to make good decisions that will give them lots of options and lots of opportunities later on in life.”
With encouraging words to offer, Krzywicki leads by example.
When he arrived first arrived at Helix Charter High School, he was only known as the Test Coordinator and his incredibly long last name. However, because of his desire to be involved around campus, Mr. Adam Krzywicki has become a well known figure throughout the campus.