Measures of Success

Indiana Teachers of the Year

The IU School of Education is known for preparing reflective, caring and skilled educators who make a difference in the lives of their students in Indiana, throughout the United States, and around the world. Our graduates are regularly named the best teachers in the state for their innovative and creative approaches to educating students, and we prepare one third of the state’s teachers.

20 Indiana Teacher of the Year award recipients have come through the IU School of Education, most recently Steven Perkins in 2014.



Perkins graduated from IU in 1991 with a degree in Classical Studies. While earning his bachelor’s degree in the College of Arts and Sciences, he completed secondary education coursework in the IU School of Education to earn teaching certification. Perkins said the combination of content and classroom preparation set him for his career. He was the fourth consecutive IU graduate to earn Indiana Teacher of the Year honors and the seventh in the previous eleven years.

Photo: Glenda Ritz, Steve Perkins, and North Central High School Principal Evans Branigan
From the Washington Township website; taken by Operations Director Phil Smith.