I am a graduate of Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania where I earned a bachelors of science in biology and a bachelors of science in chemistry. After working with delinquent teens in a Christian boy's home called Teen Challenge, I realized a strong desire to combine my passions in working with teenagers and my knowledge of science as a high school teacher. I continued my education at the University of Pittsburgh where I earned a Masters of Art in Teaching. I've worked in the McKeesport Area School District and currently work at the high school in the Upper St. Clair School District.
This course is intended for those students whose academic plans require a less quantitative treatment of the study of Chemistry. The same general outline of topics is used as in Academic Chemistry, but with less emphasis on the mathematical aspects of this science. The practical applications of Chemistry are stressed along with more experimental work and demonstrations. Each unit opens with a real-world community issue, then introduces and develops these chemical principles within this context.
This course is designed to meet the needs of those students who enroll as a matter of general interest, as well as those who may need to take a science as a part of their program at the college level. Using lecture and a laboratory-oriented approach, students will learn and understand the basic concepts underlying the facts, formulas, and principles that compose a high school chemistry course. Critical-thinking and problem-solving skills will be developed not only to use in chemistry, but, by extension, to use in everyday life.
Conceptual Biology is a course designed to provide a survey of important biological topics. This two semester course will involve students in a hands-on, inquiry approach to the subject. Course themes include environment and ecology, classification, cell structure and function, and concepts of inheritance.
Academic biology is a course designed to give students an overview of biological concepts. This is a two semester laboratory course that is designed to explore the following areas: 1. Ecology; 2. The Structure and Function of the Cell; 3. Genetics: Molecular and Classical; 4. Diversity in the Biological Kingdoms.
Honors Biology is open to motivated students who wish to undertake a more comprehensive study of biology. Laboratory work is utilized to stimulate, enhance, and promote critical thinking skills. The areas of study are as follows: 1. Introductory Biochemistry; 2. The Structure and Function of the Cell; 3. Cellular Transport, Growth, and Reproduction; 4. Heredity and Organic Variation; 5. Ecology; 6. Evolution