Joe Fatheree is an award winning author, educator, and filmmaker. He has received numerous educational awards over the course of his career, including being named one of the Top 10 Teachers in the World in 2016 by the Varkey Foundation. He has also been recognized as the Illinois Teacher of the Year in 2007 and the NEA’s National Award for Teaching Excellence in 2009. He is a past president of the Illinois Teacher of the Year association, a founding board member of Advance Illinois, and currently serves as the Director of Strategic Projects for the National Network of State Teachers of the Year. Joe is internationally recognized as a leader in technology integration, education policy, teacher leadership, innovation, global education and curriculum design. He served on a professional development committee for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and a curriculum advisory committee for ITVS/Independent Lens. He is also recognized as a Varkey Teacher Ambassador as part of the Global Teacher Prize.
Joe’s television work has aired nationally on PBS, The Documentary Channel, Hulu, and the Major League Baseball Network. As a producer he has received three Mid-America Emmy awards, two for producing and one for writing. He served as a senior developer on The Composition Book Jam and has authored numerous articles. He is the former president and chief education officer of Mutasia Entertainment an educational entertainment trans-media experience for children ages 6 and up that inspires kids to unlock the doors of creativity, discover their individual differences, and encourage them to explore the world around them.
Most importantly, he continues to serve as a fulltime teacher at Effingham High School where he teaches innovation in a classroom filled with student imagination, creativity, and a desire to change the world.