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Lake Oswego resident honored with Presidential Award

Southridge physics teacher receives $10,000 and is recognized by Obama Administration

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Southridge High School physics teacher Bradford Hill (right) is well recognized for his teaching success. His latest accolade is the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.A Lake Oswego resident has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Bradford Hill, a Southridge High School physics teacher, received a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. From July 29-Aug. 1, he traveled to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony, educational and celebratory events, and visits with members of the Obama administration.

It was “a really rare opportunity to hear from so many scientists in one day that are really thinking hard about how to create the next generation of scientists,” said Hill, 38. “I got to spend the day with education administration and science and technology policy people for the President, and that was also really excellent.”

Hill and his wife actually met while participating in the Ultimate Frisbee League and lived in D.C. for five years, so the visit also was a trip back in time for them.

The award Hill earned is presented annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. A panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators selects the winners following an initial process at the state level.

Each year, the award alternates between kindergarten through sixth-grade teachers and those teaching seventh through 12th grades.

Bradford HillHill, who has been teaching for a decade, plans to spend his prize money on supplies for his classroom and on the college funds for his children, 5-year-old Iris and 7-year-old Brice.

For Hill, the honor is the latest on a growing list.

Last year, he received the Paul W. Zitzewitz Excellence in Pre-College Physics Teaching Award and was one of 12 teachers awarded a $7,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust of Vancouver, Wash., to support the efforts of outstanding high school science teachers in the Pacific Northwest.

In 2013, Hill was recognized for his achievements with the Outstanding Classroom Science Teacher Award from the Oregon Science Teachers Association.

From 2003-2008, he was a Knowles Science Teaching Fellow, and in recent years, he also performed original research involving “dark current” in Portland State University’s physics department. A Murdock trust grant funded his research.

Also serving as a teacher on special assignment for the Beaverton School District, Hill spends much of his time in professional development of fellow educators working to improve student outcomes. Often, the work is interdisciplinary. For example, a class will create graphs based on provided data and will use those graphs as evidence in an essay assignment for health class on the dangers of driving under the influence.

“I’m a collaborator, that’s what I do,” Hill says.

Hill built his teaching career from a solid base. He received his Bachelor of Science in physics at University of Minnesota, a master’s in science and physics at the University of Maryland and a master’s in science education at University of California, Berkeley. Now, he’s found the right place to put all that academic achievement to use.

“I love teaching,” Hill said.

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