January 8, 2010

Lincoln Jr. High Educator Gets Early Holiday Gift

Sixth grade teacher at Lincoln Jr. High Josh Stumpenhorst received some early holiday gifts this year. Each month, Office Max surprises one educator in district 203 with some items they can use in their classrooms and they gave this month’s award to Stumpenhorst. He credits his colleagues and his students for his success as an educator.

Colleague and friend Rob Hunt and school principal Pam George nominated Stumpenhorst to be December’s winner. They say he’s always seeking new technologies to make learning fun for students.

“He’s written grants. He’s gotten support from the district, extra computers and cameras that he needs because the ideas are so tied directly to what we do,” George explains.

“He’s the type of teacher that the rest of us look up to to be an example,” says Hunt. “He’s always doing something new, he’s continually revamping the curriculum, always thinking of more creative ways to get the information to the kids.”

Stumpenhorst has been teaching at Lincoln for seven years now and is the first Lincoln Lancer to receive the Office Max Teacher Innovator Award.

“He has always been the idea generator and always the guy that makes it come through in the end for the kids,” George says.

Stumpenhorst also advises a computer club, helping students run a bi-weekly newscast using camcorders and a green screen.

“When the kids get something out of it and they have fun, that just means the world to me and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else,” Stumpenhorst says about his job.

Along with the award, Stumpenhorst received a camera, printer, and a $400 gift card. He says he’s anxious to use them for his students’ projects.


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