About Allan

Allan J. Ruter

For 33 years at The Glenbrook High Schools, Allan taught English, American History, and American Studies while also serving as assistant English Department chair, director of the Glenbrook Academy of International Studies, and School Improvement Committee chair. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell College and two Master’s degrees from Northwestern University.

For his work, he has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Council for Basic Education, and the Gilder-Lehman Institute of American History. He served on the Commission on Literature of the National Council of Teachers of English, and has been recognized in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and Who’s Who in America.

Since founding the College Essay Clinic in 2014, Allan has worked with more than 650 Chicagoland seniors who have gained admission to colleges and universities from coast to coast and all points in between. He and his wife, Jill, are parents of two adult sons. A longtime Glenview resident, he currently serves as elected Trustee of the Glenview Public Library and served for several years on the Board of Directors of The Night Ministry, a leading Chicago-based non-profit.

Allan J. Ruter