Lower Merion High School social studies teacher John Grace was recently named a recipient of the University of Chicago's Outstanding Educator Award, which is given to educators across the country as a result of a written nomination from a student.
For more than three decades, the University of Chicago has invited students to nominate an educator who has influenced them, challenged them, or helped them along the path towards intellectual growth. Each year, more than a third of the incoming class responds with stories of their teachers that are truly inspiring.
According to the University of Chicago's website, recipients of the Outstanding Educator Award "think carefully about their instruction. They share an infectious love for learning. They care about their students, both inside and outside the classroom. Outstanding educators go beyond everyday teaching and leave an impression that is carried over a lifetime."
Along with his exemplary work in the classroom, Grace also serves as the head coach and faculty coordinator of the award-winning Lower Merion Players theatre organization.