Lyons Township High School math teacher Joe Barker was presented with a Teacher of the Year award by the Western Springs VFW Post 10778 Past Commander Dr. Fred Rodriguez during a recent ceremony.

Barker joined LTHS in 2001 after working as an engineer in the private sector. He has served in the Illinois National Guard for 32 years and has been deployed four times, twice to Afghanistan and once each to Iraq and Bosnia.

He has attained the rank of colonel and team chief for an Army liaison team.