DV math teacher honored by local radio station - Ahwatukee Foothills News: Communitylife

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

DV math teacher honored by local radio station

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Monday, April 26, 2010 11:00 pm

Desert Vista High School teacher Kevin Willis’ class was expecting to take a geometry quiz Thursday morning. Instead, they got to cheer for him on the radio as he won an award.

Willis was surprised with the KNIX (102.5 FM)’s Fulton Homes Teacher of the Week Award. He’s the second Desert Vista teacher to be honored by a Valley radio station in the space of a week.

Willis, who has been at Desert Vista for 12 years and taught for 16 years total, said it was a bit surprising to have a bunch of people interrupt his class to honor him and tape a radio spot.

“I was a little shocked today,” he said. “It was really cool. It was a really, really cool thing.”

Mark Trujillo, the student who nominated Willis for the prize, is a freshman in Willis’ sophomore geometry class. He said Willis has made him feel comfortable in the class and cares about his students.

“He will do anything to help kids succeed in life,” Trujillo said.

Willis also makes math relevant to real life and incorporates funny stories into class, Trujillo said.

Willis said it was touching to listen to Trujillo read his letter out loud. He’s very big on being there for students, whether it’s helping them deal with a difficult math problem or a personal issue, he said.

“I think it’s important to remember kids are different. Everyone comes from different backgrounds,” Willis said. “Kids today, they’re going through a lot of stuff, stuff you and I didn’t have to go through.”

Ahwatukee Foothills has a lot of great kids and families, so it’s easy to have fun in class and watch the days fly by, Willis said.

“They’re polite. They’re nice kids. Good families. When I call home if there’s an issue, parents are supportive,” he said.

Willis loves both the subject and the students he teaches, which helps him excel in the classroom, said math department chair Larry Strom.

“He’s a great teacher,” Strom said. “He’s willing to work with any kid, any time, at their level.”

The piece featuring Willis’ win will air at 6:50 a.m. May 21 on KNIX.

More about

More about

More about

  • Discuss

Can Latinos Swing Arizona?

Jose Barboza was up early on March 22nd, the day of the Presidential primary in Arizona. Barboza, a twenty-four-year-old undocumented immigran…

Published: July 25, 2016 - 6:31 pm @ http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/08/01/promi…

Drew Stanton, Arizona Cardinals donate gear to protect high school players' ribs, internal organs

With so much focus on concussions and CTE, we often forget about the rest the body when it comes to football injuries. EvoShield is a sports p…

Published: July 25, 2016 - 6:31 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/sports/sports-blogs-local/dre…

WNBA Rescinds Fines For Wearing Black Lives Matter Warm-up Shirts

The WNBA has reversed its decision to fine several teams for wearing black t-shirts as a response to recent police shootings, president Lisa B…

Published: July 25, 2016 - 5:59 pm @ http://dcist.com/2016/07/wnba_rescinds_fines_for_w…

Body found at Arizona State campus

PHOENIX — Police at Arizona State University were investigating the discovery of a body found on the Tempe campus early Monday morning. Campus…

Published: July 25, 2016 - 5:55 pm @ http://ktar.com/story/1194824/body-found-at-arizon…

Democratic National Convention: Day 1 updates

July 25, 2016 The Democrats are starting their their nominating convention in Philadelphia. That comes just a few days after Wikileaks release…

Published: July 25, 2016 - 5:55 pm @ https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics-…

Activists protest no charges for Arizona officer in shooting

PHOENIX (AP) — A small group in Arizona on Monday protested a decision not to charge a police officer in the shooting death of a woman accused…

Published: July 25, 2016 - 5:34 pm @ http://bigstory.ap.org/article/3027ee32efbc4f49b39…

A day of humiliation for party chair underscores Democratic divide

“Shame!” people in the room jeered as the congresswoman addressed a Monday breakfast of the Florida delegation. “Shame!” It was a cringeworthy…

Published: July 25, 2016 - 5:34 pm @ https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-day-of-h…

National Weather Service Watch Warning Advisory Summary

2 products issued by NWS for: Phoenix AZ URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PHOENIX AZ 507 PM MST MON JUL 25 2016 ...BLOWING DU…

Published: July 25, 2016 - 5:25 pm @ http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?firewxzo…

Thomas Sutherland, the Magnanimous Hostage

In 1984, I used to visit Tom Sutherland and his wife, Jean, after running on the track at the American University of Beirut. They had dared to…

Published: July 25, 2016 - 4:57 pm @ http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/thomas-sut…

The Game is Up

My dearest brothers, sisters, & others — Today, I write to you from Philadelphia, in a cafe near City Hall, where some of the first marche…

Published: July 25, 2016 - 4:34 pm @ https://johnlaurits.com/2016/07/24/the-game-is-up-…

Facebook

ahwatukee.com on Facebook

Twitter

ahwatukee.com on Twitter

RSS

Subscribe to ahwatukee.com via RSS

RSS Feeds

Spacer4px

Most Popular

Online poll

Loading…