Josh Stumpenhorst ’03 has earned another Teacher of the Year accolade, this time from the Illinois Education Association (IEA).
Stumpenhorst is a sixth-grade social science and language arts teacher at Lincoln Junior High School in Naperville and last fall was named the Illinois State Board of Education’s Teacher of the Year.
The 158th annual IEA Representative Assembly was held at the Hilton Chicago March 15-17. The assembly is where representatives of the 130,000-member organization meet yearly to determine policies and direction for the association.
“Stumpenhorst is an innovative teacher who is not afraid to use technology to engage his students in the classroom,” the IEA said in a news release. “He writes a blog that keeps him in touch with educators around the world, sharing ideas and expanding his own knowledge. As student council advisor, he helped organize fundraising activities to support the troops and local charities. He is nationally board certified. As one of his students’ parents wrote in a letter on his behalf, ‘There is no doubt that Mr. Stumpenhorst is a dynamic, energetic, fun, cool teacher to have. But his work really exemplifies his dedication to education, and through the use of technology, he creates innovative and exciting ideas and formats in order to provide the best educational and learning experience for a student, as well as for the school.’”
The latest honor was reported Tuesday in the Daily Herald.