Making the Grade

A local teacher continues to “make the grade”.

Josh Stumpenhorst, a language arts teacher at Lincoln Junior High was recently awarded the National Education Association’s California Casualty Award for teaching excellence.

The award is a continuation of his win as the 2012 Illinois Education Association’s Teacher of the Year.

As part of the award, Stumpenhorst will travel to schools in Brazil, with the 37 other winners from across the country, attend the N.E.A. Awards Gala in February, and will receive prize money, which he plans on using on new gear for Lincoln’s computer club.

“Its not really about me, its about the work my kids do, I can do all I can to make great plans, lessons and activities but if I don’t have students willing and parents and a great group of teachers around me it really doesn’t matter,” said Josh Stumpenhorst.

Stumpenhorst has also been recognized as an “emerging leader” by the International Society of Technology in Education as well as his honor of being named teacher of the year, twice, once in 2003 and again this year.

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