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Science Department

According to U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, Science and Engineering occupations are expected to grow 18.7% by the year 2020, as compared to 14.3% for all other occupations (nsf.gov, 2014). The Walhalla High School Science Department is prepared and committed to making sure that all students are ready to enter this growing field, either through preparations for college or the workforce. Our department has a combined 116 years of teaching experience, and seven of the nine teachers in the department have advanced degrees in the areas of the Natural Sciences, Education, Special Education, and School Leadership. Many of us also have Advanced Placement and Gifted & Talented endorsements. In addition to teaching, several of our teachers coach athletics and sponsor the Walhalla High Robotics team, which participates in competitions throughout the state.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, and author, summed it up best: “If you’re scientifically literate, the world looks very different to you, and that understanding empowers you.” The ultimate goal of our department is to foster scientific literacy in all our students so that they will be empowered to not only pursue a successful career, but also have the skills necessary to fuel a life of curiosity and discovery.
Mrs. Emily Boatwright, Department Chair
Ms. Kristin Ambrose
Ms. Amanda Gladys
Dr. Sam Gray
Mr. Robert Hopkins
Mrs. Julie Laginestra
Mr. Jason Moss
Mrs. Cheryl Murphy
Ms. Nancy Nicholson