Steven L. Tripenfeldas graduated from North Judson-San Pierre High School in 1988. He attended Valparaiso University and received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education in 1992. That same year, he began teaching mathematics at Munster High School in Munster Indiana. While teaching he earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Purdue University. In 1999, he accepted a position as assistant principal at Munster High School. Three years later, he was appointed the principal of the building. In 2008, he completed his Ed.S. Degree in Educational Administration from Indiana State University and earned a Superintendent’s license.
At the age of 31, he was the youngest person to serve as a principal in the history of the school district. During his tenure as principal, he has worked very hard to improve the teacher evaluation process. He also stressed professional development for the faculty and developed new strategies for providing training to teachers. During this time, he developed new curriculum to meet the changing needs of the students. Under his leadership, Munster High School has earned several state and national awards.
Steve is currently a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and Phi Delta Kappa International. He has been a member of the Center for Educational Leadership, and has served on the Board of Directors. He is an active member of the Munster Lions Club. He has been a member of the Munster Rotary Club and was named a Paul Harris Fellow in 2006. In 2006, he was presented with the Outstanding Alumni Award by the Education Department of Valparaiso University. In 2009, he was named principal of the year by the Indiana High School Press Association.
He is currently beginning his ninth year as the principal of Munster High School. He resides in Schererville, IN, with his wife, Lori, and his two sons, Matthew, nine, and Mark, five.
Steve’s most valued Purdue Calumet experience:
“I consider myself blessed to have been able to earn my Master’s degree from Purdue Calumet. The courses along with the professors were outstanding. The program helped prepare me for the world of educational administration and has contributed greatly to my success.”
Steve’s advice for current Purdue Calumet students:
“Follow your heart and work as hard as possible to achieve your goals. If you truly love what you are doing, putting in the effort is easy.”