Stephen Sroka

Blissfield, MI | Years Taught: 1973 – Present

Stephen grew up in a public housing project in Cleveland in a single parent family. When he graduated from high school, he worked full-time to get his family off welfare before entering college. His childhood offered unique challenges that help him be a better urban teacher. He has authored a dozen books, including Educator’s Guide to HIV/AIDS and other STDs (now in its 42nd printing and translated into Spanish), more than 25 articles, some of which have appeared in Teacher Magazine and Education Week, and made thousands of professional presentations. In 1987, he helped coordinate the nation’s first national conference to teach teachers about how to teach HIV/AIDS education. Guest appearances have included the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Donahue Show and CNN’s Sonia Live in LA.

Additional Recognition

  • 2008 • Keynote speaker at TeachME, international education conference held in Dubai.
  • 2008 • Speaker, AASA National Education Conference. • Presentation: “Getting to the Heart of Successful Schools – Listening to the Whole Child”.
  • 2006 • member – President’s Conference on School Safety
  • 1995 • Distinguished Alumni Award Cleveland State University
  • 1995 • Grazella Shepherd Award for Educational Excellence, Case Western Reserve University
  • 1994 • Walt Disney Outstanding Health Teacher of the Year
  • 1993 • American School Health Association Outstanding School Health Educator of the Year
  • 1993 • Distinguished Educator Award by local Phi Delta Kappa Chapter
  • 1991-92 • Expert-in-Residence – W.K Kellogg Foundation
  • 1979 • Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Special Teacher Award