Grade(s) and/or Subject(s)/ Classes you teach? Middle School Science and High School Physical Sciences (Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science)
High School attended? Grand Island Senior High
University Attended? B.S. Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University, Masters Business Administration, Illinois State University, Masters Curriculum & Instruction, Doane University
In your opinion, what is the absolute best thing about Archbishop Bergan Catholic School? It's only been a couple of days with the Bergan team and so far it is the people. Everyone is welcoming and helpful.
Grade(s) and/or Subject(s)/ Classes you teach? 9th grade Biology, 10-12th grade S.T.E.M. (Introduction to Engineering), 10-12th grade Environmental Science, 10-12th grade Zoology, 10-12th grade Anatomy & Physiology
High School attended? Humphrey St. Francis Catholic School
University Attended? Wayne State College
Degree Received? Master's of Education in Curriculum Leadership and Instruction
Extra-Curricular Duties? We are trying to get a S.T.E.A.M club started (Science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics)
In your opinion, what is the absolute best thing about Archbishop Bergan Catholic School? I really enjoy the students' willingness to try to new activities in class and being able to create a classroom community of learners.
Biology acquaints the student with characteristics, processes, and functions connnon to all living things. Study of living organisms with emphasis at the cellular and microscopic level are studied during the first semester. Topics include genetics, heredity, and functions of cells. Second semester will focus on systems of animals and plants. A comparative analysis of systems and their functions will be done with major emphasis placed on man. Plant structure and function is also studied.
Grades 11, 12
Prerequisite: Algebra I and one year of science
Chemistry is a course designed to acquaint the student with the nature of elements and chemical reactivity. Lab work deals with the quantitative and qualitative study of matter. The structure of the atom is used to explain chemical and physical properties of the elements, the Periodic Table and formation of compounds.
Grades 11, 12
Prerequisite: 11th grade need permission
Physics studies the relationship of matter to energy. The course will
be based on Newton's Laws and wave motions. Physics is the basis for engineering and the course will explain how the operation of mechanical, electrical and optical devices are rooted in the laws of physics.
Gr. 11, 12
The course provides a conceptually-based exposure to the fundamental principles and processes of the physical world. Concepts include motion, forces, energy, heat, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of matter.
Gr. 10, 11, 12
This course will apply scientific knowledge from all areas of science to a specific task. Throughout the course students will study an engineering
problem and develop a solution. The completed project will be evaluated in comparison to other projects.
Anatomy & Physiology
Grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite:Biology I with at least a "C"
Intended for students looking to a medical or life science related future, as well as students with a particular interest in the human body. This course intends to prepare students with a broad foundation in the basics of Biology with the emphasis placed on human anatomy and physiology. Students use the methods of science to become familiar with the processes of scientific investigation.
Prerequisite: Biology I with at least a "C"
This is a second biology class that provides greater insight into Life Science. One major topic to be studied is Microbiology, which is a branch of biology that investigates the impact of microorganisms on humans and the environment as well as cancer, genetics, plants, evolution and inheritance.