Greg Jacobs Biography

Greg Jacobs teaches at Woodberry Forest School, a college preparatory boarding school for boys. Mr. Jacobs runs Woodberry Forest’s award-winning Advanced Placement Physics program, as well as their 9th grade conceptual physics program.   Greg’s academic history includes an undergraduate physics degree from Haverford College, and a masters degree in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University. He has worked for the College Board as an AP Physics Reader since 1999; he has been a Table Leader since 2008; he has run one-day teacher training workshops since 2002; and he has run week-long AP summer institutes all over the country since 2003.

Greg is the president of the USAYPT (, a non-profit organization promoting physics research at the high school level. He also served as the USAYPT tournament director, in charge of organizing and directing the annual US Invitational Young Physicist Tournament, for three years.

Major teaching awards Greg has earned include:
· Virginia AP Teacher of the Year from the Siemens Foundation
· George O’Connor Prize for outstanding teaching at Woodberry Forest
· Lipe Family Mastership at Woodberry Forest
· Physics RISE award from the Virginia Association of Science Teachers

Greg is the author of the McGraw-Hill 5 Steps to a 5: AP Physics 1 exam prep book. Additionally, he writes the Jacobs Physics blog, providing ideas and advice about physics teaching. In his spare time, Greg broadcasts soccer, baseball, basketball, and football over internet audio. He has written the football and baseball books in the Everything Kids series.

You can find a summary of what goes on at Greg’s summer institutes at his blog here:

A quick scroll through some posts on the Jacobs Physics blog should give you a flavor for Greg’s teaching.