Throughout my teaching career, I have been fortunate to work with many extremely talented educators and administrators. I have benefited and grown from their support, guidance, and encouragement over the years. The positive impacts that I have been able to share with students are a direct result of the efforts of so many people. I feel like the Presidential Award is a recognition of them all, and I am humbled to be a recipient.

Joshua Hall Anchorage, AK | 7-12, Mathematics, 2017

The official biography below was current at the time of the award.

Joshua Hall has been an educator for more than 20 years. He has been teaching mathematics for the past 14 years at Dimond High School. He has previously taught grades 6-12 in both urban and rural Alaska schools. He currently teaches 10-12th-grade Integrated Mathematics and Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus. 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. He is excited by the opportunities that he has each day in his classroom to empower students to be successful in life. As the Department Chair of mathematics, Joshua 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. Joshua earned a B.S. in physical science from Humboldt State University. He is certified to teach mathematics, science, physical science, and elementary education.