Jason Crean, MA, MS is a degreed biologist, currently pursuing his doctorate, and an avid aviculturist, specializing in the propagation of green aracaris and white-backed mousebirds, President of The Avicultural Society of Chicagoland, Mid-eastern Regional Director and Education Committee Chair for the American Federation of Aviculture, and moderates the Holistic Bird Care and Avian Raw, Whole Food Nutrition groups on Facebook. Crean often speaks to avicultural groups across the country and acts as consultant to zoos and other institutions, including the Chicago Nature Museum and Wildlife Genetics lab at Loyola Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. He also runs a live animal education program that does free interactive programs for a host of different audiences as he believes education is the most important factor in keeping aviculture thriving. Crean is also a biology instructor at the high school and university level. He is also a curriculum designer and instructor in the Education Department at the Chicago Zoological Society where he teaches others about many different species, especially birds, and continues to share this work within AFA’s educational programs. Crean has been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching 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, and the Illinois Science Teachers Association, among others. He has authored several curricula, including the award-winning “Zoo Genetics” curriculum (www.xy-zoo.com<http://www.xy-zoo.com>). He was also recently awarded the “Teacher of Distinction” award by the Golden Apple Foundation. He serves as President-elect for the Illinois Science Teachers Association, Vice-President for the Illinois Association of Biology Teachers, and sits on the Board for the Association of Presidential Awardees in Science Teaching and the National Science Advisory Panel on the national College Board.


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