Evan Glazer has been the principal of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology for the past five years. During his tenure, the school has been recognized by US News and World Report as the #1 public high school in America, by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School, and by Intel Corporation as the national Star Innovator in Science. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology offers a wide spectrum of STEM offerings, including courses in neuroscience, organic chemistry, computational physics, bionanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and alternative energy systems. All students are required to complete STEM research projects as part of their diploma, either in one of its 13 research laboratories or at a regional government, university, or corporate research facility. The TJ Partnership Fund, the 501c3 organization aimed to close resource gaps, works closely with the school to develop connections between industry and the school’s curriculum so students have access to resources that promote unique learning opportunities. The school provides extension programs for students attending other schools, as well as extensive outreach to younger populations, in order to promote its mission.
Glazer was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. He earned a B.S. in mathematics and an M.S. in mathematics education at the University of Illinois, and a Ph. D. in instructional technology at the University of Georgia. As a mathematics teacher in Glenview, Ill., he emphasized inquiry-based learning, technology-enhanced explorations, and real-world applications. Some of his work can be seen in his books Using Internet Primary Sources to Teach Critical Thinking and Everyday Use of Mathematical Concepts: A Reference Guide. At the university level, Glazer taught courses on instructional design, research methods, and using computers in the classroom. His research examined social and environmental factors that influence professional learning as teachers integrate technology into their classrooms.