Steven Isoye MA ’95, the 1998 Concordia Alumnus of the Year, was named the 2010-2011 Horace Mann/Illinois Principal Association High School Principal of the Year—an honor landing him recognition in Washington D.C. as one of the nation’s top high school principals.
The recognition is based on his work at Maine East High School in Park Ridge, Ill., where he moved the school’s diverse population in positive directions including introducing a problem-based learning approach that stimulated greater student ownership of their learning. “I was truly honored to be recognized by my peers with this award,” Isoye said.
In his 25 years in high school education, Isoye also has been recognized with many honors including 1998 Illinois Teacher of the Year through the “Those Who Excel” program, the prestigious 1997 Milken Foundation National Educator Award and the 2006 Jackson Scholar from Northern Illinois University. Currently, Isoye also serves on the board of trustees as chairman for the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora, Ill.
“Concordia University Chicago played a large part in the direction I’ve taken in my career,” he said. “Receiving my master’s in curriculum and instruction helped me shift my understanding of curriculum and it sharpened my vision. It helped to lay a solid foundation that was easily built upon.”
With this sharpened vision, Isoye now leads Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 as superintendent. “While I do miss teaching, I know that I am benefitting all 3,200 students here. I am always trying to find ways to better serve our students and fulfill the mission of OPRF—to provide a superior education to every student so they may achieve their full human potential."