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Stecken, Mr. Dan


Greetings to all the community of Seneca High School. My name is Dan Stecken and I became the Superintendent of Seneca High School District #160 on July 1, 2021. Prior to that, I was the Chief School Business Officer and was a teacher and head coach at SHS.

My family lives in Seneca; with my wife, Karie, and two children, Camryn (13) and Costner (8), who attend Seneca Grade School. Our family enjoys traveling and attending and participating in a variety of sporting activities. Much of our time spent outside of Seneca High School is centered around my family and my children's activities, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Prior to my time as an administrator, I considered myself the “utility infielder” at SHS, teaching Mathematics, Spanish, and History at Seneca High School for thirteen years, in addition to coaching football, girls’ basketball, and softball. I was blessed to be the Varsity Head Softball coach for fourteen years and humbling was inducted into the Illinois Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Mr. Stecken graduated with his Bachelor of Arts from Illinois State University in 2004. He obtained his Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Aurora University in 2010, his Masters of Arts in History from the University of Nebraska in 2013 and completed his Chief School Business Official Program from Northern Illinois University in 2016. Mr. Stecken is currently working on his Educational Doctorate through the University of Saint Francis and will receive his Doctoral Degree in 2022.

The seventeen years employed at Seneca High School have included some of my greatest achievements and proudest professional moments. I consider myself fortunate to live and work within this great small community with a shared interest and passion in Irish Pride. Here at SHS, our students come first, but student success is best achieved when students, parents, educators, and the greater community work together. Building relationships within our school and community is vital to the future of our community and much of my work is focused on continuing to build the Seneca Way!