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Dr. Steven T. Isoye (IL '97)

Chair of the Board

Illinois State Board of Education

At the time of the Award, Dr. Steven T. Isoye was:

Teacher/Department Chair
Highland Park High School
Highland Park, IL

Subject(s) taught: Physical Science
Grade(s): 9

Biographical Information

Currently, Steven Isoye is the district superintendent for the Oak Park and River Forest High School District in Oak Park, Illinois. He served as principal of Maine East High School in Park Ridge, IL, since 2007. While at Maine East he was named the Illinois High School Principal of the Year in the spring of 2010. Previously, Isoye was principal of Warren Township High School's O'Plaine Campus in Gurnee, Illinois. Prior to entering the administrative role, Steve taught science at Deerfield High School in Deerfield, Illinois; The Latin School in Chicago, Illinois; and Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois, teaching through a "constructivist" method of scientific study in which students analyzed material while the educator served as more of a guide than as the provider of information. He became chair of the science and health departments at Highland Park High School in Highland Park, Illinois, then became curriculum leader at Warren Township High School in science, family and consumer sciences, and industrial technology. Isoye has trained teachers from all grade levels in the constructivist method, and continues this training as principal. He has twice received the Award of Excellence in Teaching from the Illinois Science Teachers Association. In 1998, Isoye received the distinction of being the Illinois Teacher of the Year through the Illinois State Board of Education's Those Who Excel program. Since 1998, he has served on the Board of Trustees for the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois, of which he is currently the Chairman.

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Milestone: Dr. Steven Isoye (IL '97) Named Chair of IL State Board of Education

Dr. Steven T. Isoye In The News

Gov. Pritzker Appoints Dr. Steven Isoye to Serve as Chair of the Illinois State Board of Education
Education News Today  |  Sep 19, 2022  |  Washington, DC

District 219 Board Votes to Hire OPRF Top Administrator as New Superintendent
Chicago Tribune  |  May 20, 2016  |  Chicago, IL

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1985 Northern Illinois University, B.A.