Evanston Township High School’s math department chair, Peter DeCraene, has been named one of 97 presidential award winners from across the country for excellence in math and science teaching.

He’s scheduled to be recognized at a ceremony in Washington later this month.

The award winners are chosen by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators after an initial state-level selection process.

DeCraene expressed thanks to the colleagues and mentors who have offered him advice and support.

The award includes a $10,000 prize from the National Science Foundation.

“Peter is a brilliant teacher and mathematician, modeling best teaching practices for teachers across the nation. We are so proud of him,” said Evanston High Superintendent Eric Witherspoon.

DeCraene has taught mathematics and computer science to middle and high school students for the past 23 years, the last 15 at ETHS.

He’s also an instructional coach, teaching three or four classes daily and coaching other teachers.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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