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NCC honors Oswego’s Josh Stumpenhorst with Alumni Recognition Award


North Central College is honoring Naperville teacher Josh Stumpenhorst of Oswego with its 2013 Alumni Recognition Award. The award is given to a recent graduate who has excelled in his or her field in a leadership capacity.

Josh Stumpenhorst

He and six others will be honored during the College’s Homecoming Convocation at 4:15PM Friday, October 25, at North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave.

Stumpenhorst graduated from North Central in 2003 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.

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He teaches sixth-grade language arts and social science at Lincoln Junior High School in Naperville Community Unit School District 203. He has earned recognition in Illinois and nationally for his contributions to his students, his school and the field of education.

Stumpenhorst 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.

In his 10th year of teaching, he also serves as a team leader and athletic director, coaches boys basketball and track, advises Lincoln’s computer club, and works on numerous curriculum and technology committees at the school and district level.

Stumpenhorst 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.

In addition to presenting at technology and education conferences as well as local and regional school districts and colleges, he contributes articles at SmartBrief Education and the EdReach Community. He’s also a regular guest commentator on the BAM education radio network and was a guest on Huffington Post Live. 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.

He holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and National Board Certification in early adolescence social science.

Others being honored during North Central’s Homecoming are Outstanding Alumni Award recipients Charles Bartsch of Washington, D.C.; John Giannini, Ph.D., of Mullica Hill, N.J.; Steven Hoeft of Naperville; the Rev. Dr. Tracy Smith-Malone of Aurora; and William Soper, M.D., of Arlington Heights. Wilber C. Harr, Ph.D., will be honored with a posthumous Wall of Witness honor.

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North Central College provides students with the confidence, instruction and direction they need to exceed their personal best inside and outside of the classroom and throughout their careers. Founded in 1861 and located just 28 miles west of Chicago in the Historic District of Naperville, Ill. — named among the nation’s “Best Places to Live” by Money magazine — North Central is home to more than 2,800 students and offers 82 undergraduate majors, 67 additional undergraduate minors and concentrations, and 22 graduate degree and graduate certificate programs. Visit northcentralcollege.edu to discover why U.S. News & World Report has named North Central a “Best in the Midwest” school for 29 years in a row, and to learn more about the College’s state-of-the-art facilities and distinctive programs, particularly in the sciences and business.


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