I believe that the Presidential Award demonstrates that teachers are valued for their professionalism and that their contributions to their communities should be publicly celebrated. I am truly humbled and honored to receive this recognition. To cultivate my growth, I have always sought to collaborate with my colleagues, scientists and, most importantly, my students.

Bradford Hill Beaverton, OR | 7-12, Science, 2013

Bradford Hill has taught Freshman Physics and International Baccalaureate Physics at Southridge High School for the past nine years. Bradford’s innovative teaching engages his students in rigorous math, science, and engineering projects. In March 2013, he published an article about his collaboratively developed curriculum in the National Science Teachers Association’s publication, the Science Teacher, titled “The Patterns Approach: Engaging Freshman in the Practices of Science.” He has presented widely on this curriculum and was awarded the American Association of Physics Teachers’ Paul G. Zitzewitz Award for Excellence in K-12 Teaching for this work. Bradford attributes much of his growth as a teacher to his extensive collaboration within his district and with the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation. Now in a duel role as a classroom teacher and teacher on special assignment, he facilitates district-wide collaborations for freshman physics and chemistry courses. Bradford is also president of the Oregon Science Teachers Association. Bradford has a B.S. in physics from the University of Minnesota; a M.S. in physics from the University of Maryland, College Park; and a M.A. in science education from the University of California at Berkeley. He is certified in physics, chemistry, and engineering.