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Illinois Teacher of Year to Speak at SVCC

Sauk Valley Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa and Future Educators Club will host “Education Around the World” Saturday, April 13. The keynote speaker for the event will be Josh Stumpenhorst, 2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year.

The event will start in conjunction with the Child Fair with poster displays from 9:30a.m.-2 p.m. in 1K4. The displays will educate participants on teaching methods used in various countries. Before the keynote speaker’s presentation, participants can snack on an international appetizer buffet at 2 p.m. Stumpenhorst will speak from 2:30-3:30 p .m. in 1K4.

Stumpenhorst is a 6th grade language arts and social science teacher at Lincoln Junior High School in Naperville. He is an athletic director, team leader, computer club advisor, track coach, basketball coach, and serves on numerous curriculum and technology committees at the school and district level. He is an active member of the Twitter and blogging community as well as a respected presenter. His area of expertise lies in innovative approaches to teaching and learning in 21st century classrooms. Because of this, Stumpenhorst is credited for starting “Innovation Days” that are now used in classrooms around the country and world. His most recent award (of many) is the 2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year. His presentation at SVCC will focus on ideas and methods to be used in the classroom.

For more information on this free event, contact Amy Jakobsen, Phi Theta Kappa advisor, at or Shelly Barkely, Phi Theta Kappa advisor, at