Science Teacher at North High School in Downers Grove Receives National Award

Science Teacher at North High School in Downers Grove Receives National Award

Jeffrey Grant, a Science teacher at North High School in Downers Grove, is one of six educators nationwide to receive The Robert E. Yager Exemplary Teaching Award. 

Grant, who has taught at North High since 2003, received the award for exhibiting exemplary innovation in science education and embodying the mission of the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA), which focuses on transforming science education to benefit all through professional learning, partnerships, and advocacy. This award acknowledges teachers who share Robert Yager’s passion for education and continued professional development; and honors the effort to make science education accessible to students of the 21st century and beyond.

“Jeff’s collaborative attitude and positive energy are instrumental in the classroom. His dedication to his students and their success highlights our mission in District 99, which is to provide them with a strong foundation for the future,” said Superintendent Dr. Hank Thiele.

Grant will receive a monetary sum as part of the award and present at the NSTA National Conference for Science Education. He’ll also attend and participate in the NSTA District Director Leadership retreat. 

“Jeff is constantly looking for ways to engage his students. He brings excitement and passion to his classroom, and we’re grateful to have his expertise at North High,” said Mike Heinz, North High Science Department Chairperson. 

NSTA is a professional association for science teachers and includes 40,000 teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, and business and industry representatives committed to science education. Learn more at