Illinois State Teacher of the Year, 2015
Wiilliam Fremd High School Applied Technology Teacher Steve Elza was named the 2015 Illinois Teacher of the Year by the Illinois State Board of Education. Mr. Elza teaches several courses in automotive technology in his current position at Township High School District 211 in Palatine, Ill., and is also a curriculum coordinator for the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). Outside of the classroom, Mr. Elza is heavily involved in Fremd High School’s extracurricular activities: sponsoring the Automotive Club, Ford/AAA and the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge, the school’s Safety Committee, and is a part of the Viking Advisory Mentoring Program (VAMP). In addition to teaching at Fremd High School, Mr. Elza also is an adjunct professor of automotive technology at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill. Prior to coming to District 211, he was an automotive technology teacher at the Technology Center of DuPage for four years. He began his teaching career as a training instructor at the General Motors Training Center in Hinsdale, Ill., in 2003.
Mr. Elza earned a bachelor’s degree in automotive technology from Southern Illinois University in 2002. He earned a master’s degree in Workforce Education from Southern Illinois University in 2008, and a second master’s degree in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University in 2010.
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Creating enduring and transferable learning by encouraging connections between students, content, and the real world.
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Steve Elza, 2015 Illinois State Teacher of the Year, shares how he creates enduring and transferable learning by encouraging connections between students, content, and the real world.