Joseph Foy has joined the high school science department at Christian Academy of Knoxville. Foy joins CAK from Knox County Schools’ L&N STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Academy.
He will be teaching physics and honors physics for CAK beginning in the 2018-19 school year. Foy has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s in electrical engineering from UT, according to a CAK press release.
Prior to his five years of service to the L&N STEM Academy, Foy served six years at West High School as a mathematics and physics teacher. Before entering the teaching profession, Foy retired from Emerson Process Management, and also spent time working for Technology for Energy Corporation, Perceptics Corporation, Texas Instruments and the U.S. Navy.
“Back in January, my AP chemistry students and I had been praying for an amazing physics teacher to join us, since the majority of them will be taking that class next school year” said Lisa Siard, science department chair for CAK.
“About that same time, Mr. Foy felt God begin to prompt him to ‘see what was next in his career.’ Hence the application to CAK and the rest is history.”
Foy has received numerous awards for his work, including building level Teacher of the Year in 2016 at L&N and in 2012 at West High. He was elected Teacher of the Year in 2009 by the students at West High.
Additionally, he was selected as pilot instructor for the Advanced Placement Computer Principles course, the only pilot course in the state of Tennessee. Foy was a member of the Knox County Science Textbook Committee in 2017, a member of the State of Tennessee Science Textbook Committee in 2017, and a member of the State of Tennessee Science Review Committee in 2016, among other appointments. He has also participated in 28 mission trips to such places as Spain, Mexico, Peru and Bolivia.