- IU South Bend Distinguished Alumni Award (2001)
Kurran Strunk is a South Bend Community School Corporation teacher and an alumna of IU South Bend. She was the Indiana State Teacher of the Year for 2000 and the recipient of the 2001 Distinguished Alumni Award from IU South Bend. She teaches special education at the elementary school level.
Strunk received a bachelor of science degree in special education from Indiana State University in 1991 and a master of science degree in special education in 1998 from IU South Bend. She taught two years in the small Marshall County town of Argos before moving to teach first through third grade special education at Muessel, a South Bend inner-city elementary school with 475 students.
As the Indiana Teacher of the Year, Strunk has been speaking on a variety of issues, such as teacher recruitment, retention and revitalization.