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Alumni Spotlight—Five Questions with IPS Alums: Craig Stephenson Looks Back at How District Made a Difference in His Life

Indianapolis Public Schools is proud of our graduates and their diverse, inspiring journeys. We have created the IPS Alumni Spotlight to celebrate our former students and showcase their experiences, accomplishments, and personal interests. We believe that every graduate has a unique path, and we can all learn from their journeys.

IPS recently asked Craig Stephenson, a 1989 graduate of T.C. Howe High School, about his journey that began in the state’s largest school district. 

Craig is a career and technical education teacher at the Career Center at Anderson High School. He teaches high school students the skills to be emergency medical technicians.

Q—How did your experiences at Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) shape your educational foundation and career aspirations?

A—My great experiences with wonderful teachers made it easy to aspire to teach. 

Q—Can you share memorable moments or teachers who had a significant impact on your time at IPS?

A—Madame George was always in a wonderful mood and seemed to enjoy teaching. Cindy Schick helped to guide me into my first passion for IT work. 

Q—How has your education at IPS influenced your personal and professional development since graduating?

A—I went from a social butterfly and class clown to a schoolteacher. 

Q—What specific skills or knowledge gained at IPS have proven most valuable in your current life or career?

A—Having compassion and understanding for others. You don’t always know what a student is going through. 

Q—What challenges did you face during your time at IPS, and how did overcoming them contribute to your personal growth?

A—I didn’t have great focus. I liked to socialize and play around. I learned that I took the hard road to learn how to learn. My road could have been shorter and easier if I had listened to the adults who were truly trying to give good advice.