Jason Crean, MS Bio, EdD is a degreed biologist and educator. Crean often presents to educators across the country and acts as consultant to schools, zoos and other institutions, including the Wildlife Genetics lab at Loyola Medical Center and Chicago Nature Museum. He specializes in taking actual scientific research, like that of the Genetics lab, and incorporating it into educational programming to illustrate how science affects conservation.
With over 25 years of teaching experience, Dr. Crean is also a biology instructor at the high school and university levels and a curriculum designer and instructor in the informal arena, particularly that of zoos. Crean teaches in the Department of Biological Sciences at Saint Xavier University where he has instituted coursework like “Zoo Biology: Animal Nutrition, Behavior & Diagnostics.” Crean has been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, the highest award a teacher can receive in the US, by President Obama in 2009, the 2010 High School Science Teacher of the Year by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as awards from the National Science Teachers Association, the National Association of Biology Teachers, the Illinois Science Teachers Association, among others. Most recently he was awarded the 2016 Golden Apple award for excellence in teaching. He has served as President for the Illinois Science Teachers Association, President for the Illinois Association of Biology Teachers, and President for the Association of Presidential Awardees in Science Teaching as well as being a member of the College Board's National Science Advisory Panel and co-chairing their 6-12 Science Development Committee. Most recently, Crean was awarded the NSTA 2020 Distinguished Teaching Award.