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Three ASD teachers recognized as “official Presidential awardees” by the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

We are pleased to announce that three ASD teachers have been recognized as “official Presidential awardees” by the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) and represent the state of Alaska in math and science.

PAEMST is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Up to 108 teachers are recognized each year.

The award recognizes those teachers have both deep content knowledge of the subjects they teach and the ability to motivate and enable students to be successful in those areas.


Jennifer Childress Dimond H.S.  | 7-12, Science, 2017

  • Jennifer Childress has taught for over 20 years. She has spent the last 16 years teaching science and engineering courses at Dimond High School.
  • Jennifer is passionate about helping students connect the concepts learned in a physics classroom with their life experiences.
  • She incorporates many everyday applications of physics concepts in her teaching and encourages her students to contribute observations of physics they see happening in the world.

Jennifer helped found the Engineering Academy at Dimond High. She is one of two teachers that developed and ran a program called Smart Girls Rock! The program exposes freshman and sophomore girls to female engineers from Anchorage.


Joshua Hall Dimond H.S. | 7-12, Mathematics, 2017

  • Joshua Hall has been an educator for more than 20 years. He has been teaching mathematics for the past 16 years at Dimond High School.
  • Making connections between mathematics and science education is something that challenges and excites Joshua as a teacher.
  • He believes that there is enormous potential to engage and entice students to appreciate mathematics, and is excited by the opportunities that he has each day in his classroom to empower students to be successful in life.

Joshua has done significant curriculum work developing modern instructional practices for practical application of mathematics skills to everyday life.


Dawn Wilcox Campbell STEM Elementary | K-6, Science, 2018

  • Dawn Wilcox has been a second-grade teacher at Campbell STEM Elementary for four years where she teaches all subjects.
  • In her 20-year career, Dawn has taught in the Highly Gifted Program, Title 1, and as a science instructional specialist in the STEM Department for the Anchorage School District.
  • Dawn's passion is engaging students in hands-on, project-based learning.

Working with her colleagues, Dawn was able to fulfill her dream of creating a school promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Campbell STEM is now the first STEM elementary school in Anchorage.