Thanks to metals teacher Steve Glasder, Harvard High School now offers state-of-art Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines for students to learn and develop valuable career-skills. As Steve explains “We have the most comprehensive shop in McHenry County.” Through Harvard’s metals and manufacturing classes, students graduate with a skillset that can lead to immediate employment.
Seven years ago, when he received a call about the teaching job, Steve thought to himself, "I'll give it a shot." Since then Steve has dedicated his time in the classroom and through the writing of grants. With a combination of grant awards, including a local mega-grant from the Harvard Community Education Foundation, Harvard High School has acquired cutting-edge manufacturing technology.
Steve has continued to work for the district because of his commitment to bettering the community. He is currently working to open the metals and manufacturing department to the public. His passion for teaching comes from Harvard having “really good kids.”
In this year’s Winter Olympics, Steve’s son Michael will be competing with the US ski jump team. Steve says that his son was determined to achieve that goal from the second he graduated high school. While speaking about his son’s achievements, Steve offered this advice to students about their own aspirations: “Follow your dream, don’t give up. Never lose sight of it.”