Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

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IMSA Trustees Elect Steven Isoye Board Chairman

AURORA —The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) Board of Trustees has elected distinguished educational leader Steven Isoye of Chicago as its fifth chairman.

Isoye is Principal of Maine East High School in Park Ridge.  He previously served as a Principal, Curriculum Leader and Science Teacher at Warren Township High School, O’Plaine Campus, in Gurnee.  In addition, Isoye taught science in other Chicagoland schools including Highland Park High School, Deerfield High School, The Latin School of Chicago and Loyola Academy.  

An IMSA Trustee since 1998, Isoye most recently served as First Vice Chairman.  He also serves on the Academy’s Strategic Planning Team.  Dr. Max McGee, IMSA president, said Isoye’s broad and deep knowledge and skills will be invaluable as the Academy implements its strategic plan.

“Mr. Isoye’s keen insights and passionate commitment to the students, teachers and people of Illinois will help us immensely as we work to build our State’s capacity to develop talent and leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”  

Isoye has received numerous professional awards and honors including being named the 2006 Jackson Scholar (Northern Illinois University), the 1998 Illinois Teacher of the Year, Those Who Excel (Illinois State Board of Education) and the 1997 Miliken Foundation National Educator Award. 

He is an active member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Illinois Principals Association and other organizations.

Isoye succeeds scientist Dr. Luis Nuñez as chairman of the IMSA board.  Other past chairs were business leaders James D. Pearson, John H. McEachern Jr. and Sheila Griffin.  Isoye is the first educator to serve in the role. 


The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program. It also serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry. (