A Naperville Central High School band director has started the year on a high note. OfficeMax honored DJ Alstadt with 2010’s first Teacher Innovator Award. Each month during the school year, the Naperville-based company recognizes educators in District 203 who bring innovation and excellence to the classroom. He humbly received a large certificate, a $400 OfficeMax gift card, digital camera, and printer to use in the classroom.
“It’s too bad there’s not about 50 of my colleagues sitting here with me,” said Alstadt. “Because I think there are people out there who are just phenomenal in the classroom.”
“For a teacher like Mr. Alstadt, he’ll always remember this,” said Bill Wiesbrook, the school’s Principal. “To be given a giant pat on the back, as well as some other nice gifts, I just think it’s terrific.”
Band Booster parents Tom and Karen Rogers as well as two students, Joe Crotty and Brad Bedal, nominated Alstadt for the award. To hear that he won the award was music to their ears.
“He has such a passion for music and for the kids,” said Karen Rogers. “And he wants nothing but the best for them.”
DJ’s dedication to his job reaches far beyond the Naperville area. He is preparing one particular student, Alex Reede, to perform as a drum major in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
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