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Billy Hix Named Science Teacher of the Year for Higher Education

December 1, 2011
Billy Hix

Billy Hix, associate professor at Motlow College, was recently named Science Teacher of the Year for higher education in the state. He received special recognition at the annual Tennessee Science Teachers Association (TSTA) conference in Murfreesboro.

Hix has worked tirelessly since 1979 spreading his love of science through innovative teaching. He inspires other teachers and students to learn the beauty of science not by just learning the facts but by hands-on inquiry methods.

Soon after Hix began teaching at Motlow, he started working with teachers and students in area middle and high schools. Since 1984 he has been conducting science professional development programs for teachers. He is known across the state of Tenn. and in Ala. for organizing Star Parties to explain the wonders of astronomy. He is an avid supporter of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and has worked with NASA for many years developing teaching curriculum for space education.

Hix was nominated for the award by Dr. Bonny Copenhaver, provost of Motlow College. She said, "Teaching is often a very solitary profession that comes with little recognition. Billy Hix is a dedicated instructor who cares about the future of education. He ensures the future by giving the teachers of tomorrow a solid foundation and he demonstrates his passion for teaching on a daily basis. I am pleased that the TSTA has selected him for this honor."

The TSTA named top science teachers for different grade levels. Other educators recognized by the TSTA are Jake Nichols of Crockett County Middle School, Tracy Maness of Lakeview Elementary in Wilson County and Guy Maxwell of Peabody High School in the Trenton Special School District.

Hix offered his gratitude for the award, "I am so thankful that all of the public outreach that Motlow has allowed me to do over the past several years is being recognized at the highest levels."

He said the highpoint of the awards for him was when Jake Nichols received the middle school award. "Jake is one of my former teacher students. While conducting STEM camps for the state department we visited him and his school three times. When Jake accepted his award he said, 'I am a winner tonight because of the way Billy Hix taught me to teach.'"

Hix concluded, "Jake even said when he grows up, he wants to be just like me! That compliment was just as big of an honor as the award I received."