Jan Leonhardt

Physics Instructor



Jan Leonhardt comes to us with over 38 years of teaching experience. In addition to teaching IB Physics at Beacon Academy, she  teaches physics at Lake Forest College. Jan has taught in Alaska, Minnesota, and Illinois; her last 18 years of full time work at New Trier High School. Jan holds an undergraduate degree from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and a Masters in Physics Education from University of St. Thomas. She was involved with Science Olympiad for 26 years. As the Science Olympiad head coach at New Trier, she lead the team to 11 straight State Championships. One of the highlights of her career was being awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching in 1990.  Jan lives in Wadsworth with her husband and two cocker spaniels.