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Knoepke named DC at Sandburg

Knoepke named next Sandburg High School Division Chair for Science, Family & Consumer Sciences, and Technology & Engineering Education    

The District 230 School Board approved Matthew Knoepke as the next Division Chair for Science, Family & Consumer Sciences, and Technology & Engineering Education at Carl Sandburg High School at its meeting Tuesday night. 

Knoepke pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from University of Chicago prior to earning a Master’s in Teaching from National-Lewis and Master’s in Educational Leadership from Saint Xavier University.  

Knoepke joins the Sandburg community after spending the last 15 years teaching at Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School.  Knoepke has been serving as the coordinator of the HF International Baccalaureate Programme since July of 2015.  Within the role of IB coordinator, Knoepke leads a team of more than 15 teachers to implement course and program curriculum.   Knoepke also developed the curriculum and learning strategies for Homewood-Flossmoor’s IB Theory of Knowledge course which focuses on developing critical thinking skills across disciplines.  Prior to arriving at HF, Knoepke spent four years teaching science and serving as department chair at Hyde Park Academy.  Knoepke has participated in research at Northwestern and University of Chicago as a fellow. 

I'm ecstatic about the opportunity to serve the students, staff, and families of Carl Sandburg High School in the role of Division Chair for Science, FACS, and TEE” stated Knoepke.

During my time getting to know the people, culture, and opportunities at Sandburg, I'm excited to have found a community aligned with my core values as an educator and global citizen, seeking to deliver the strongest educational experience for all students who walk our halls.  Whether the opportunities include dual credit, Advanced Placement, or preparation for industry certification or state licensure, I am eager to team with our community of learners to continue driving towards excellence!” 

Sandburg Principal Jen Tyrrell shared “Throughout the interview process, Matt Knoepke was able to articulate a vision and ideas for extending Sandburg School Improvement efforts. The experience he has gained in coordinating IB efforts at HF will serve him well as he transitions into this administrative role at Sandburg.  Matt’s research background will be an invaluable asset within the School Improvement process. Matt expressed an excitement for leading and supporting teachers within the three departments and cannot wait to start building connections with our staff.”Knoepke