Oct. 24, 2011—North Central College alumnus Josh Stumpenhorst is the 2011-2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year.
Stumpenhorst earned his undergraduate degree in social science and secondary education at North Central College. He teaches language arts and social science to sixth-graders at Lincoln Junior High School in Naperville Community Unit School District 203. He credits his experience at North Central for helping him achieve success as an educator.
“I had great mentors at North Central, professors who had a profound impact on me even though in some cases I wasn’t even a student in their classes,” he said. “North Central does an outstanding job getting student teachers into classrooms, and the only way to learn how to teach is through real-life experience.”
Stumpenhorst also is a team leader, boys basketball coach, track coach, member of the social science curriculum committee and serves as an advisor to Lincoln’s computer club. He writes about his teaching experiences on a blog he calls Stump the Teacher and holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.
As a student at North Central, Stumpenhorst participated in the Junior/Senior Scholars Program, a college readiness program established in 1989 for students K-12. North Central education majors work with elementary and high school students from high-need schools in Chicago and Aurora to acquaint them with the college experience and inspire them to consider pursuing their educations beyond high school.
The Illinois State Board of Education named Stumpenhorst recipient of the 2011-2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year Award Oct. 22 during the Those Who Excel banquet in Normal. Stumpenhorst will represent Illinois at NASA Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., and he’ll get a lifetime tuition waiver to state universities. He’s also been named to the Emerging Leaders Class of 2011 by the International Society of Technology Educators.
North Central College offers an undergraduate degree in elementary education—with opportunities to earn minors in secondary education, reading and English language learning. Undergraduate majors also are offered in art education, music education and physical education, as well as a minor in health education. The College offers a master of arts degree in education, with emphasis in curriculum and instruction or educational leadership and administration. Master of arts in education is among six graduate degrees offered at North Central College.