Jordan awards educator with ticket to watch pope

Staff report

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, 4th District, has invited Andrew Krakowiak to be his guest in the House gallery for the Sept. 24 speech by Pope Francis to a joint session of Congress.

Krakowiak is the executive in residence at Elyria Catholic High School, and has served as a teacher, coach and administrator in northeast Ohio catholic schools for more than 30 years.

Jordan chose Krakowiak to honor the formative role he played in the lives of thousands of students throughout the years, noting that next to their parents, the people who have the biggest impact on a young person’s life is most often a teacher or coach.

Jordan formally made the invitation to Krakowiak when he visited Elyria Catholic on Wednesday, Sept. 2, to speak to a high school government class.

“Andrew Krakowiak is the definition of a servant-leader.” Jordan said. “As a teacher, coach and administrator, he has impacted the lives of thousands of students and student-athletes. His influence will be felt for generations, and it is my honor to invite him to witness firsthand what will most certainly be a very special day in the nation’s capital.”

Jordan noted that his office is also expected to receive a limited number of standing-room-only tickets to watch Pope Francis’ address on television from the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Those who will be in Washington, D.C., and are interested in requesting a standing-room-only ticket for the speech should contact his office in Lima (419-999-6455), Norwalk (419-663-1426) or Washington, D.C. (202-225-2676).

Staff report