Joseph Deitche is the epitome of a 24/7, dedicated teacher at South Side High School where he has taught math (Algebra II and AP Calculus) since 1996. He is known to spend countless hours developing innovative lesson plans and helping students. When he sees that students aren’t grasping the subject, he helps them after school and on weekends, inspiring them to succeed in ingenious ways. He truly cares about them.
Joe taught math and science at Capitol High School in Santa Fe NM for one year, after obtaining his bachelor degree in physics and math from Purdue University (Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude) and his masters in physics the University of New Mexico where he was named teaching assistant of the year, before returning to his home town.
In addition to his classroom work, Joe has coached the Girl’s Tennis Team and the Academic Math Team. He is also the club sponsor for the Frisbee, Table Tennis and Math Clubs as well as the co-sponsor of National Honor Society. He can be found working most football, basketball, volleyball, swimming, track and cross country athletic events and often serves as tour guide for the class reunions.
While living in Lafayette, IN, he was a volunteer and coordinator at the Homeless Shelter and also served as a volunteer, staff counselor and substitute coordinator at the All Faiths Crisis Shelter in Albuquerque. Locally, he volunteers for Homebound Meals and the Daybreak Children’s Shelter.
Nomination by George Davis, Class of 1952