The Pleasanton Unified School District wishes to congratulate Foothill High School Biomedical sciences and health teacher Josh Hill, who is being recognized as a 2021-2022 Alameda County Teacher of the Year. Mr. Hill was recognized as PUSD’s 2020-2021 teacher of the year, and was eligible for this year’s County designation as there were no teachers selected last year due to the pandemic. The good news was announced by the Alameda County Office of Education, who oversees the county-wide selection process each year. PUSD will have TWO reasons to celebrate come November 4, with both Josh Hill being recognized as the 2021-2022 County Teacher of the Year, as well as Russell Sato as PUSD's 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year, a well-deserved honor that was announced last Spring.
“We are proud to have Mr. Hill as part of our Foothill Falcon community and thrilled that he is receiving this well deserved recognition,” said Principal Sebastian Bull. “Mr. Hill’s leadership as well as his ability to engage and inspire students will benefit our Falcons for years to come.”
Mr. Hill has served PUSD for over 12 years, both as a teacher and as Foothill’s Career Technical Education (CTE) Department Chair.
“Mr. Hill makes what we learn relatable so we actually understand the material and so it sticks. He always makes sure to ask how we feel and gets our input,” said Foothill Junior Sana Jayavarapu. “We get hands-on experience every week through Mr. Hill’s labs and I learn about different career paths available to me. You learn about yourself and what path is the best fit for you.”
Mr. Hill has been teaching Biomedical science since it started as a career pathway at Foothill High School. He has been integral in the push for numerous grants to support the expansion of CTE courses and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) programs at Foothill High School. Most recently, Mr. Hill helped secure a $3M grant through the California Department of Education to expand Foothill’s new CTE classroom buildings.
“We are incredibly proud of and grateful to Mr. Hill for his enormous contributions to the Foothill and greater Pleasanton community,” said Superintendent David Haglund. “His dedication and leadership of the CTE efforts at Foothill has paved the way for generations of students to find their passion and pursue one of many biomedical science careers in innovative, engaging learning environments.”
Part of the team at Foothill that participates in the Trivalley Education Collaborative (TEC), Mr. Hill helps identify collaborative opportunities between Tri-Valley high schools and community colleges.
“The way Mr. Hill teaches, you can get interested in anything, I’m interested in the medical field but I was only aware of the larger professions, said Foothill Sophomore Megha Dinesh. “What we do in Mr. Hill’s class mirrors the real world and I’m able to learn what it’s like in specific medical careers and the skills needed to pursue each career.”
Mr. Hill and 2021-2022 PUSD Teacher of the Year Russell Sato will be recognized at the Alameda County Teacher of the Year awards ceremony on November 4.