ANCHORAGE (KTUU) They say that math and science often go hand in hand, but in the halls of Dimond High, a pair of teachers are really putting that concept to the test, and the results really speak for themselves.
Joshua Hall teaches calculus., Jennifer Childress teaches physics. When I asked which of them won a national award..
“She did,” Hall said.
And Childress said “he did.”
They both won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Math Teaching, and when I asked them why they won, they just talked about each other.
“She works incredibly hard to be a positive, strong role model, a positive influence, brings a smile every day to all of her classes,” Hall said.
“I am always impressed with how he makes his math class one of his students favorite classes,” Childress said. “He makes it engaging, he lets students know he is interested in them. he is funny."
But there's a reason they think so highly of each other: they’re married. They've been teaching for 22 years, married for 23, and they say it's been a huge help.
“She is one of the best teachers I've ever met,” Hall said. “And so I gotta bring my A-game to keep up."
And they don't just understand each other. It's the material they get too.
“If I'm working through a problem and I'm a little bit stuck, or I want to figure out a new way to show students some material, or just bounce ideas off of someone, he's always there, with the material,” Childress said.”
The awards also came with $10,000, and when you multiply that by two, it opens up a lot of options.
“We've talked about that,” Childress said. “We can do some practical, and some fun stuff and still be able to use both."
“But you know, it's a fun conversation to have over dinner," Hall said.
For now, though, both are focused on doing the best job they can, as a teacher, and a spouse.
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