North Central College - Naperville, IL

Josh Stumpenhorst

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Alumni Recognition Award Winner 2013

Josh Stumpenhorst ’03 is being honored for his achievements as a premier educational professional. He has earned recognition in Illinois and nationally for his contributions to his students, his school and the field of education.

He was named the 2011-2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year by the Illinois State Board of Education and 2012 Teacher of the Year by the Illinois Education Association. Also in 2012, he was one of 38 public school educators who received the California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence, one of the nation’s most prestigious honors for public educators. In 2013, the NEA Foundation recognized Stumpenhorst as a Pearson Foundation Global Learning Fellow.

Josh writes about his teaching experiences on a blog he calls Stump the Teacher, which has received EduBlog Awards nominations. He was named to the Emerging Leaders Class of 2011 by the International Society of Technology Educators and is the Illinois Computer Educators’ 2012 Educator of the Year. His Tweeting and blogging about educating youngsters have earned recognition for enlightening other teachers on using social media. He shares his knowledge as professional conferences, school districts and colleges and contributes articles as SmartBrief Education and the EdReach Community.

Josh remains committed to influencing the youngsters he teaches every day at Lincoln Junior High School in Naperville Community Unit School District 203, serving as the school's athletic director, boys basketball and track coach and computer club advisor. His influence and expertise extends to North Central College's education department, where he has presented to students about technology and is pursuing innovative ways to partner with the College in teacher preparation.

Graduating with a degree in social studies and minor in secondary education, he was named the College’s Outstanding Senior Man for 2003 and was a College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin champion in the triple jump. He holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and National Board Certification in early adolescence social science.

Josh, his wife Christine Guido '02 Stumpenhorst and their two sons live in Oswego, IL.

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