Steven J. Doelder was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin on April 29, 1949. His parents, Leonard and Dolores,
were long time residents in the Town of Wilson in Sheboygan County. They both were very active in their
neighborhood and community. Rural Sheboygan County taught Steve the wonders of nature. He grew up
respecting nature and his community. He graduated from Sheboygan South High School in 1967. He received
a Bachelor of Science degree from UW-Stevens Point in 1971, a Masters in Education degree from Carthage
College in 1998 and an Associate degree from Gateway Technical College in 2004. He completed his
certification in teaching chemistry after attending UW-Madison during the summers of 1982-84.
Steve has been a life-long teacher. He did his science teaching internship at Wautoma High School in the fall
of 1970. In 1972, he landed his first teaching position at St. Clements School in Sheboygan, Wisconsin in 1972.
He taught science and social studies. In 1976, he was hired by the Argyle School District to teach middle
school and high school science. He assisted in directing high school musicals and organized a science team to
compete at the Science Olympiad. In 1985, he moved to Racine and taught science at Case and Park High
School. He served as department chair and science team coach until he retired in 2008. After retiring, he
served as an adjunct chemistry and environmental science professor at Carthage College, UW-Parkside and
Cardinal Stritch University until 2019.
Steve has been an active union member most of his career. He served as president of the Racine Education
Association and has participated in many leadership training programs. He was instrumental in having the
Racine education system adopt and use the Village Partnership program.
Steve spends much of his life fighting to protect the environment. He was the founder of a group called the
Great Circle Co-op and helped manage its property until the late 1990’s. He helped organize several Earth
Days and is interested in promoting solar and wind power. He supports the Union of Concerned Scientists and
the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. He was at his best on top of the 40 foot wind turbine tower. He
was very pleased that clean energy was finally becoming “normal.”
Steve immerses himself into the political arena. He ran for several local offices and felt it was important to
offer people a choice. He is a proud Democrat and served as a local party officer. He volunteered to run
campaigns and help out whenever he could. He wrote political columns for the Racine Labor paper and the
Lake Geneva Regional News. His name can be found at the bottom of many letters to the editor.
Steve has been a practicing Christian and enjoys singing in the choir. He especially enjoys participating in
special music programs during Easter and Christmas celebration. Steve is a member of Immanuel Lutheran
Church in Lake Geneva.
Steve has a grown son, Jonathan and a grown daughter, Krista. He has two sisters,
Nancy and Diana. His mother Dolores, 97, is very active and serves as Steve’s spiritual and
political advisor. His father, Leonard has passed on, but his words and wisdom guides him each and every day.