Dear Steck Families,
On behalf of all of the Steck Staff, welcome to the 2011-2012 school year! I am so excited to begin this year at Steck and work with all of our students, staff, and parents.
Our mission at Steck is to be dedicated to inspiring all students to achieve their greatest potential. Our work toward this mission is evident each and every day at Steck. The Steck community will continue to do great things and allow all Steck Students to Shine! We are committed to positive academic and social growth for all students.
I invite you to become involved in your child’s education through the many opportunities that arise throughout the year. The Steck PTA is a one great way to be involved. Together, the Steck community does so much to support the students and staff. All of these efforts are appreciated!
Again, welcome to the 2011-2012 school year. I hope you enjoy the year!
Elizabeth L. Pohlmann
We are dedicated to inspiring all students to achieve their greatest potential.
Steck will be prepared for success in the 21st century through engagement in relevant and rigorous learning. The educational process will be designed to address individual differences while focusing on the belief that all students will reach their potential. All students will be educated in a safe and secure environment that promotes responsibility, respect, and self esteem.
Steck Students Shine!
Reba O. Steck Elementary School is a Character Counts! School. We are proud to display the following six pillars of character:
Kids for Character Pledge:
I pledge to be a kid for character.
I will be worthy of trust.
I will be respectful and responsible,
doing what I must.
I will always act with fairness.
I will show that I care.
I will be a good citizen,
and always do my share.
Reba Otto Steck
Reba Otto was born in 1897 in Lewistown, PA. In 1906, she and her family moved to Eola, IL so that her father could open his own business. In 1914 Reba decided to quit school after her sophomore year of high school in order to help with the family's finances. She became a teacher. Her first school was Crosier School with six students none of which were above fifth grade. At that time the school year ran from September to December and then from March to June. Reba was wed to Les Steck in January of 1918 after quitting her teaching job to be a farmer's wife. Springbrook School could not find a permanent teacher and persuaded her to fill in until they could. She "filled in" for thirteen years!
Reba and Les never had children of their own but invited children to stay on the farm with them every summer. Most of these children came from the inner city of Chicago and had not experienced farm life.
During her teaching career, Reba accomplished many things and began many programs. Eighth grade graduation ceremonies in Naperville schools were started by her. She hired the first full time custodian at Eola School and started a hot lunch program during the Depression when families didn't have much food. The school was also turned into a clearinghouse for food and clothes for needy families. When an African American family moved into town, Reba fought for the children to be able to attend their school and changed the views of the school board.
In 1960, her husband Les passed away, but she continued teaching until 1962 when she retired. In 1979, Reba was named Naperville's "Woman of the Year" and passed away later that year. In 1992, Reba O. Steck Elementary was dedicated to honor her and her illustrious accomplishments in teaching.