The Department of Technology proudly acknowledges our Distinguished Alumni. Each of these alums has reached a significant level of recognized leadership and accomplishment in his/her career. They have each contributed significantly to their respective discipline and it is with great pride that we honor a Distinguished Alumnus from the Department of Technology each year.
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Steve Skorup '85 graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Industrial Education from ISU. He earned his M.A. in Educational Administration from NIU in 1990, and he has 60+ hours post M.A. focused on CTE subjects i.e. CADD, CNC, architecture, and STEM. He earned his National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification in 2004.
Steve started his teaching and coaching career at Roosevelt Junior High in Bellwood before moving to Indian Prairie School District 204 in 1987. He taught at Thayer J. Hill MS and then transferred to Waubonsie Valley High were he has taught TEE and coached wrestling for 24 years. He teaches drafting and design and pre-engineering PLTW courses in the D204 Technology and Engineering Education program. He was named 2003 Illinois Drafting Educators Association Teacher of the Year, twice chosen as SkillsUSA "Advisor of the Year", ITEA "Teacher of the Year" in 2007, ITEEA Teacher Excellence Award in 2008, twice a candidate for the Golden Apple award, and also nominated for the IWCOA Assistant Wrestling Coach of the Year. In 2005 he was selected for the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund program to go to Japan and study their educational system and TEE programs. The WVHS TEE department was named TEAI Program of the Year in 2006.
He has served on the IDEA Board as a member and president and also the ISU TEE Teacher Advisory Board. He has supervised numerous ISU TEE student teachers during his career. Steve served for 20 years on the Sandwich D430 school board and was nominated for Burroughs Leadership Award. His students have won numerous state and national awards in the CTE areas. His wrestling teams have won Regional and conference titles and he has assisted on teams who have won 4 IHSA state trophies. He has served as the D204 STEM coordinator since 2010.
He is most proud of being chosen as an Indian Prairie Education Foundation Most Influential Teacher by over 20 students in his career. His former students are now serving as TEE instructors and colleagues throughout Illinois.
Steve will retire from teaching in 2018 to pursue his other passions of cabinetmaking, fishing, and grand-parenting.