Statements of Support
Joe’s passion for providing the best possible education, including a focus on character, access and community, as well as a vision for kids beyond their 203 education, will make him an excellent member of the Board of Education.
–– Marion B. Ruthig, Founder & Executive Director, Inside Out Club DuPage
As a current teacher and graduate from Lewis University, I have worked closely with Dr. Kozminski for many years. As his student, it was clear that Dr. Kozminski worked diligently to incorporate new instructional practices in his class to give the students the best education possible. I was also able to work under Dr. Kozminski as a researcher and instructional assistant where I was able to see first hand how how dedicated he is to improving the education of every student in and outside of Lewis University. Dr. Kozminski actively looked for opportunities for all of his students to get out into the community and share fun learning experiences with younger students. He is also involved in the Noyce Scholarship program at Lewis to help pre-service STEM teachers prepare to teach in high needs and diverse school districts. Now, as an educator myself, I see Dr. Kozminski as a valuable resource to help improve my school and my classroom. I am confident Dr. Kozminski will do what is best for the staff, students, and families in District 203.
— Michael Zwartz, Lewis University Alumnus in Physics and Secondary Education, Physics teacher in a suburban high school
I am happy to endorse Joseph (Joe) Kozminski for a position on the Naperville District 203 School Board. All four of my four children attended and graduated from District 203 schools, and the quality of our school district was a key factor when my wife and I decided to move to Naperville over 30 years ago.
I have worked with Joe for the past thirteen years; we are both physics professors at Lewis University. During that time period, Joe has consistently impressed me with his intelligence, dedication, and attention to detail. I have served with Joe for several years on two key faculty committees: the Arts and Sciences’ Budget Committee, and the University Faculty Budget Review Committee. Joe has been an outstanding member of both of these committees, he understands budgets, and he is excellent at assessing relative priorities based on a careful analysis of the underlying data. He is very thoughtful, listens attentively and respectfully to others, and he has the ability to quickly understand underlying issues.
Education is very important to Joe. He has devoted his life to teaching physics in college, and he has been instrumental in making our Lewis Physics program successful. He has developed joint degree programs with other universities and enhanced the scope of our course offerings. He implemented a Master’s degree program that has been highly successful, and he has made it possible for our students to actively pursue research. Joe always goes well beyond what is required, he does that “little bit extra” and distinguishes himself in the process. For example, Joe is Chair of the national American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) committee related to teaching undergraduate physics. Joe is giving an invited talk at the 2019 March Meeting of the American Physical Society on this topic. This is a tremendous honor, and it reflects how much Joe is respected within the national physics community.
Joe is energetic, honest, and completely dependable. He has an excellent understanding of budgetary and pedagogical issues. He does an outstanding job of expressing himself clearly and compellingly. Joe will do a great job on the District 203 School Board, and I enthusiastically recommend him for this important role.
— Dr. Chuck Crowder, Associate Professor of Physics at Lewis University, District 203 resident, Father of 4 District 203 alumni