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It Starts with You.

Ted Goergen is truly a rising star. While at Clarke, he learned to embrace and live several tenets of the mission statement. Personally and professionally, Ted models social responsibility, global awareness, and personal, spiritual, and intellectual growth. The responsibility and necessity to serve others was the most important value Ted learned while at Clarke.

Ted has spent his professional career in education. His teaching career began at Washington Middle School in Dubuque as a seventh grade science teacher. After completing his first graduate degree, he moved closer to home to teach biology at Adlai E. Stevenson High School. After three years as a classroom instructor, he felt called to serve a greater purpose and impact more students. Ted was promoted to the position of Community Service Coordinator at Stevenson High School. He spent two years developing Stevenson's service programs and then assumed the administrative position of Director of Student Activities at Stevenson. He trains hundreds of student leaders at Stevenson and across the state of Illinois each year. His guiding philosophy in his work with youth is, "It starts with you, but it’s not about you." During the 2012-13 school year, Stevenson students logged nearly 75,000 hours of community service and raised almost $250,000 for various charities.

Ted's experiences in student activities have allowed him to collaborate with educators from around the country. He strongly believes in the value student activities and student involvement has on all aspects of a child's academic, social, and emotional development. His professional career has also had an impact on the way he and his wife Asheley raise their own three children, Owen, Olivia and Wesley. According to Asheley, "Ted continues to look for new ways to improve student activities and get students involved in the school and the community."

Ted Goergen

Ted Goergen '01

RECIPIENT OF: Rising Star Award

YEAR: 2013

MAJOR: Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Arts in Education

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