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     Naperville Central 
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  • Science is a comprehensive process by which we continually refine our understanding of the universe.   Scientific literacy enables us to make informed, responsible decisions that affect our daily lives.

    District 203 will provide an inquiry and standards based comprehensive curriculum in life science, earth and space science, and physical science. An integral part of this curriculum is to promote an understanding of the interconnections within the sciences and the interactions among science, technology, society, and the environment.

    Instruction in every science classroom will model and provide opportunities for students to participate in scientific inquiry as they experience the wonders of science.  A rich variety of cognitively appropriate strategies and resources will be utilized so that all students have opportunities to experience both success and challenge.
     
    Using inquiry implies involvement that leads to understanding. The environment in every science classroom will have students actively constructing knowledge by being engaged in observing, questioning, investigating, problem solving, and predicting, evaluating, and communicating ideas.

    As a result of this curriculum, instruction and environment, District 203 will graduate scientifically literate students who ask and investigate scientific questions, evaluate claims and evidence, and make responsible decisions in a rapidly changing world.  
     

     

Department Photo

  • Science Department Photo
     
    Row 1 (L-R): Hans Muehsler, Mike, Jarvis, Megan Hopkins, Kim Kedziora, Tim Banas, Emily Smetana, Leah Johnson, Jen Norgaard, Sean Rauen, Mike Forde, Sarah Poletto
    Row 2:  Jeromy Bentley, Flint Collier, Lindsey Stevenson, Paige Lundquist, Katherine Seguino, Linda Bennett, Crystal Griffith, Tom Sanoshy, Dave Johnson, Chelsea Gibson, Amy Hastings, Mike Schultz
    Not pictured:  Jackie Barker, Matt Gresk
     

Staff Bios

  • Tim Banas - Click here to email him.
    Mr. Banas graduated from Southern Illinois University with a BS and MS in biological science, then earned his teaching certificate from Northwestern University. Since 2003, he has taught a range of subjects in science at the high school and college level. Mr. Banas began teaching biology at NCHS in 2019. He aims to strengthen his students' critical thinking skills by helping them draw evidence-based conclusions that can be applied to both classroom exercises and real-world issues related to science. 
     
    Jackie Barker - Click here to email her or to link to her Canvas website
    Mrs. Barker graduated from Marquette University with a B.S. in Chemistry and Physics Education and a M.S. from Illinois State University in Chemistry Education.  This year Mrs. Barker is teaching Chemistry.
     
    Linda Bennett - Click here to email her  or to link to her Canvas website
    Mrs. Bennett is a National Board Certified Chemistry teacher teaching since 2002 (came to NCHS in 2006). Her passion is making connections between classroom and lab chemistry to everyday applications (chemistry in the "real world"). Outside of school she fosters rescue cats and works as a freelance writer.
     
    Jeromy Bentley - Click here to email him or to link to his Canvas website
    Mr. Bentley is a graduate of Illinois State University with a dual BS degree in Chemistry and Biology (2000) and an MS in Organic Synthesis (2002).  He has been a part of the NCHS family since 2005 teaching Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, and Advanced Chemistry.  Mr. Bentley co-sponsors the Academic Challenge, TEAMS, and Senior Class Council.  He has conducted nanotechnology and materials science research during the summer at Northwestern (2008) and UIC (2010, 2011, 2013).  Mr. Bentley’s work has been published in various scientific journals including Tetrahedron: Asymmetry, Journal of Heterocyclic Chemistry, and Materials Research Express.  He has also presented at American Chemical Society (2001, 2009), Illinois Science Teacher Association (2009), and National Science Teacher Association (2009, 2011, 2013) conferences.  

    Flint Collier - Click here to email him.
    Mr. Collier is a graduate of Univ. of Illinois in Urbana with BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering. Mr. Collier has been at NCHS since 2006. Prior to becoming a teacher Mr. Collier was an engineer for 14 years and spent 4 years in the Army as an electronic technician. Mr. Collier teaches Physics and Research and Design. He also co-sponsors the Robotics, JETS and WYSE teams. 
     
    Michael Forde - Click here to email him.
    Mr. Forde graduated from Miami-Dade College in Miami, FL with a bachelor degree in secondary education with a concentration in chemistry.  Currently he is completing his master’s degree in STEM education at the University of Iowa.  He has been teaching at Naperville Central since the spring of 2014.
     
    Chelsea Gibson - Click here to email her.
    Ms. Gibson has been teaching at NCHS since 2012. She currently teaches Biology and Anatomy/Physiology. Ms. Gibson graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology Education.  
     
    Matt Gresk - Click here to email him.
    Mr. Gresk has been teaching at NCHS since the fall of 2004, after completing his undergraduate degree at Eastern Illinois University. He teaches students in the Biology and the Anatomy & Physiology. He also enjoys co-sponsoring the Rotary Interact community service club at Central. Mr. Gresk completed his Master's degree in education from Rockford College.
     
    Crystal Griffith - Click here to email her or to link to her Canvas website
    Ms. Griffith has been teaching at NCHS since 2006. She currently teaches Honors Biology as well as Biotechnology. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marine Biology from the University of Tampa, and a Master's Degree in Education from Aurora University. Ms. Griffith is involved with Naperville Operation Snowball, and also co-sponsors the NCHS National Honors Society. 
     
    Amy Hastings - Click here to email her or to link to her Canvas website
    Mrs. Hastings is a graduate of Knox College with a double major in Biological Sciences and Educational Studies.  She has also received her Mastery of Arts in Teaching Instructional Strategies from Rockford College.  Mrs. Hastings has been teaching at NCHS since 2005.  This year she is teaching Honors Biology and AP Biology.  She is also a co-sponsor for Science Olympiad.  Mrs. Hastings loves learning new things from her students, spending time with her daughter and husband, and traveling the world!
     
    Megan Hopkins - Click here to email her.
    Ms. Hopkins graduated from Illinois State University with a BS in Geology and her teaching endorsement in Earth & Space Science Education in 2007.  She began teaching at NCHS in 2008 and has been happily teaching science since.  She received a Master’s in Science Education in 2011 from Montana State University.   More recently, she earned her Special Education Endorsement in 2017 from Concordia University.  Ms. Hopkins teaches both chemistry and earth science and coaches the JV Scholastic Bowl team.  Outside of school, Ms. Hopkins’s interests include dogs and rescues, running and weight lifting, traveling, national parks, and spending time with her loved ones.

    Mike Jarvis - Click here to email him or to link to his website
    Mr. Jarvis is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a BS in Geology.  He earned an MS in Geoscience from Southeast Missouri State University and an M.Ed. from Whitworth College.  Mr. Jarvis has been at NCHS since 2003.  Prior to becoming a teacher, Mr. Jarvis worked as an environmental consultant for 3 years.  Mr. Jarvis teaches AP Environmental Science, Earth Science and Chemistry.  He is currently the advisor for the Junior Class Council.
     
    Dave Johnson - Click here to email him.
    Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science in Physics Education. He student taught at Naperville Central in the fall of 2013. After graduating from Illinois State, he spent a year and a half teaching at West Aurora High School before returning to Central in 2015. Mr. Johnson teaches Physics and Chemistry. He is currently a freshman football coach in the fall. 
     
    Leah Johnson - Click here to email her.
    Ms. Johnson loves science and is proud to be a Redhawk! She currently teaches Physics and Chemistry. She attended Cornell College for her B.A., and then completed a M.S. in Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of New Mexico.

    Kim Kedziora - Click here to email her.
    Mrs. Kedziora has been teaching in District 203 since 1998. She is certified to teach science and math grades 6-12.  Mrs. Kedziora graduated with a BS in biology and a minor is chemistry.  She has a Masters in Education with an emphasis on instructional technology and earned certifications in mathematics. 
     
    Paige Lundquist - Click here to email her.
    Mrs. Lundquist graduated from Cornell College with a BS in Biology and earned a MS in Science Education from Aurora University. She began her teacher career in 1996 and joined the science department at Naperville Central in 2011. Mrs. Lundquist is teaching AP Environmental Science and Honors Biology

    Hans Muehsler - Click here to email him or to link to his Canvas website.
    Mr. Muehsler holds a B. S. in Physics and a B. S. in Physics Education from Illinois State University. He holds an M. S. in Physics from Northern Illinois University. Mr. Muehsler holds a second masters from NIU in Educational Research and Evaluation with an emphasis in Advanced Quantitative Methods. He anticipates earning his Ph.D. in Instructional Technology in spring 2022. His present research interests include psychometrics, the detection of academic dishonesty, and the factors leading to high-achieving students’ success. Mr. Muehsler has been at NCHS since 2003. Mr. Muehsler teachers AP Physics 1 and AP Physics C. He is also the varsity coach of the Scholastic Bowl team.
     
    Jennifer Norgaard - Click here to email her.
    Mrs. Norgaard is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a Bachelor of Science in Earth Science Education.  She taught for four years in southern Wisconsin before returning to her alma mater, NCHS, in the fall of 2005.  Since returning, Mrs. Norgaard has also earned a Master of Liberal Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University in River Forest. Mrs. Norgaard is teaching physics and astronomy.
     
    Sarah Poletto - Click here to email her or to link to her Canvas website.
    Mrs. Poletto studied physics at the University of Illinois and majored with a Bachelor of Science in Physics. She received her Masters of Science in Science Education at Montana State University with an emphasis on Physics. Mrs. Poletto currently teaches Physics, AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2
     
    Sean Rauen - Click here to email him or to link to his Canvas website.

    Tom Sanoshy
    - Click here to email him or to link to his Canvas website.  
    Mr. Sanoshy teaches both Physics and Dynamic Earth Systems. He graduated from Illinois State University in 2006 with a degree in physics education and began teaching here at NCHS. He currently coaches freshman football in the fall and is the boy's track and field throws coach. We here at Naperville central love and respect one Tom Sanoshy. This photo cannot do justice to the shimmering nobility and rapturous charisma he exudes each moment of each day we are blessed to be around him. He also teaches physics and coaches freshmen football.                                                           

    Mike Schultz - Click here to email him.
    Mr. Schultz has been teaching since 2012 and at Naperville Central since 2016. He graduated from Saint Xavier University with a B.S. in Biology and received a M.S. in Science Education from Montana State University. Mr. Schultz currently teaches biology and is an assistant volleyball coach.
     
    Lindsey Stevenson - Click here to email her or to link to her Canvas website.
    Ms. Stevenson went to the University of Illinois-Chicago for her chemistry education degree and also has a master's degree in educational technology. She earned her national board certification in 2019.  

Contact Information

  • Katherine Seguino
    Instructional Coordinator
    kseguino@naperville203.org
    630-420-6417

     
    Sherry Brockway
    Administrative Assistant
    630-420-6417
     
    Emily Smetana
    Lab Coordinator
    630-961-5071
     
    Ms. Seguino has been a proud Redhawk since 2005 and is honored to lead the incredible Science staff at NCHS.  She earned a BS in both Physics & Math from Benedictine University and a MA from U of I at Champaign Urbana.  She is currently completing a PhD program at DePaul University. Ms. Seguino is a native of Naperville  growing up on grandparents’ farm on Olsen Lane.  She loves al things science but especially ‘gravitates’ to water sports, traveling, and gardening.