I find the opportunity and responsibility of educating our youth to be the most compelling profession.”

Bradford’s Story

Bradford Hill grew up in Minnesota and has always loved science and the outdoors. He earned a BS in physics from the University of Minnesota in 1998, an MS in physics from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2001, and a master’s degree in science education from the University of California, Berkeley in 2005.

Before beginning his career as a professional high school teacher, Bradford directed the University of Maryland Materials Research Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC) education outreach program, taught the math and science curriculum of a GED program in Washington DC, and taught a freshman physics course at Montgomery College. It was these experiences, as well as the opportunity to work with an encouraging mentor scientist and teacher through a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Grant from the National Science Foundation, that inspired Bradford to devote himself to teaching as a career.

At Southridge High School, Bradford is devoted to seeing his students succeed in rigorous inquiry, becoming scientifically literate, and explaining their thoughts succinctly in writing. Bradford participated in drafting the new Oregon State Science Standards in 2008 and is active in the Beaverton Nike Teacher Leadership Academy. Ultimate Frisbee is another great love of Bradford’s; he has coached a high school Ultimate Frisbee team at a college tournament.

A Knowles alumnus since 2008, Bradford continues to collaborate with other Knowles Fellows. This collaboration has challenged and motivated him to create meaningful, rigorous opportunities for students to achieve and demonstrate in a visible way their understanding of science.

Knowles Academy Courses Taught

Physics for the Next Generation: The Patterns Approach