Gloria West Harper

Gloria West Harper currently serves as Chief Academy Officer of the Golden Apple Foundation, a post she assumed in January 2007. Gloria has been involved with Golden Apple since she was nominated and became a finalist for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Education in 1992. She was Director of the Golden Apple Teacher Education program (GATE) from February 2003 through August 2005.

Gloria took the post at Golden Apple following 17 years as a teacher, dean, mentor, dorm parent and head, and coach at Lake Forest Academy. Gloria joined the Academy faculty in 1989 as a Science teacher, dormitory parent, and coach. She taught Physics, Current Issues In Science, all levels of Biology, including Advanced Placement. She was appointed the LFA Diversity Coordinator in 1995 and LFA’s first Dean of Multicultural Affairs in 2001. In 2005, Gloria added the role of Dean of Students.

Prior to coming to the Academy, Gloria taught in the Chicago Public Schools. As an elementary and high school biology teacher in the Chicago Public Schools, Gloria was honored with the University of Chicago Outstanding High School Teacher Award; Kohl Foundation for Excellence in Teaching Award, Illinois Institute of Technology Award, and District 4 Teacher of the Year Award.

She presently serves as a Life Trustee on the Lake Forest Academy Board of Trustees; as Vice Chair/Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Winston Knolls School, in Hoffman Estates, which provides a comprehensive and distinctive learning environment for students with autism and other emotional-behavioral disorders; and the Global Youth Leadership Institute. She is a nationally recognized leader in equity and justice initiatives.

Gloria received her B.A. in chemistry from the University of Minnesota at Moorhead; completed education coursework at Loyola University, Chicago; received a M.A. in Natural Science from Chicago State University, and PhD work in physiology at the University of Illinois, Urbana - Champaign.

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