Stacey Gross is a National Board Certified Teacher at Centennial High School in Champaign where she teaches photography, graphic design, cinema studies, AP Studio Art and dual credit classes and is the Fine Arts Department Content Area Chair. In addition, she serves as the K-12 Visual Arts Coordinator for Champaign Unit School District 4. In that capacity, she acts as a liaison with administration for the art teachers in the district, organizes professional development, advocates for the visual arts and promotes the visibility of art students and teachers. Now in her 22nd year at Centennial, Gross prides herself with creating a robust art program that fosters a broad appreciation of art and strong technical skill, while stimulating critical and creative thinking. Gross also co-sponsored Centennial’s Gay-Straight Alliance from its incecption in 2005 through 2016.
A Quincy native, Gross earned a MA (‘01) and BFA (‘94) in Art Education, with a studio concentration in photography, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a practicing artist who works primarily with camera-less darkroom photographic processes to create abstract imagery. She is an avid traveler, with a passion for Japanese art and culture.
In 2015, she was named Art Educator of the Year by the Illinois Art Education Association.