High school students entering the chemistry class of Jeff Christopherson ’90, M.S. ’93, see a doorframe decorated with caution tape, which sets the tone for the semester.

Christopherson brings humor, storytelling, and enthusiasm to his teaching at Normal Community High School. The combination makes him a stellar teacher, as noted last year. He was awarded the 2011 Excellence in High School Teaching Award for the Great Lakes Region of the American Chemical Society.

Once a research chemist for The Upjohn Company, Christopherson much prefers the classroom. He teaches chemistry at ISU during the summer months and enjoys mentoring new chemistry teachers.