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The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Teachers Announced
Three ASD Teachers are Awardees of The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition that kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics or science (including computer science) teachers may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Up to 108 teachers are recognized each year by the President. This year, three ASD teachers were named recipients of the PAEMST award—Dawn Wilcox, Jennifer Childress, and Josh Hall.
Dawn Wilcox is a second-grade teacher at Campbell STEM Elementary. In her 20 years as an educator, Ms. Wilcox has taught a diverse population of students in the Highly Gifted program, Title 1, and as a Science Instructional Specialist in the STEM department. Ms. Wilcox has been actively involved in promoting hands-on science education beyond her classroom. She helped create the proposal for Campbell STEM Elementary, the first STEM elementary school in Anchorage.
Jennifer Childress and Josh Hall are both Dimond High School (DHS) teachers. Ms. Childress teaches physics and advanced placement physics. Mr. Hall teaches integrated math and advanced placement calculus. Ms. Childress and Mr. Hall have both been educating students at Dimond High School since 2003, their combined 32 years of teaching at DHS has impacted and advanced the success of their STEM-inspired students. In 2017, both Ms. Childress and Mr. Hall were PAEMST award winners.
Ms. Childress 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. The goal of this program is to encourage young women to pursue STEM careers.
As the former Department Chair of Mathematics, Mr. Hall has worked hard to build connections with science and other departments so that students could experience consistent and connected mathematics instruction. He is particularly proud of the curriculum work that he has done to integrate the curricula of AP Physics C and AP Calculus AB. He has also done significant curriculum work developing modern instructional practices for practical application of mathematics skills to everyday life.