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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 2016-17

Science Department
 
Row 1 (L-R): Anthony Pellegrini, Steve Wiesbrook, Flint Collier, Kim Kedziora, Jackie Barker, Paige Lundquist, Chelsea Gibson, Amy Hastings, Dave Johnson, Dan Olandese, Lindsey Stevenson
Row 2:  Jana Mucho, Emily Smetana, Megan Hopkins, Linda Bennett, Tom Sanoshy, Crystal Griffith, Jeremy Bentley, Kathy Hurd, Leah Johnson
Row 3:  Katherine Seguino, Sarah Poletto, Nick DiGiovanni, Mike Schultz, Michael Forde, Mike Jarvis, Matt Gresk, Sean Rauen, Hans Muehsler
Not pictured:  Jen Norgaard 

Staff Bios
 
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 BS in Biological Sciences (2000), BS in Chemistry (2000), and an MS in Organic Synthesis (2002). Mr. Bentley has been at NCHS since 2005. This year he is teaching Honors Chemistry and Advanced Chemistry. He is also the WYSE (Worldwide Youth Science and Engineering) Coach, JETS (Junior Engineering Technological Society) Coach, and Senior Class Council Advisor. Mr. Bentley also did research for the International Institute for Nanotechnology at Northwestern University (2008) and the University of Illinois at Chicago Nanopolymeric Lab (2010,2011). Mr. Bentley's work has been published in Journals such as Tetrahedron: Asymmetry and the Journal of Heterocyclic Chemistry and has been presented at American Chemical Society (2001,2009), Illinois Science Teacher Association (2009), and National Science Teacher Association conferences (2009,2011) 

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. 
 
Nick DiGiovanni - Click to email him, to link to his Canvas website
Mr. D. (National Board Certified Teacher in Biology) is a graduate of U of Illinois in Urbana with an MS in Biology from Northeastern Illinois U. Mr. D. has been at NCHS since 1986. This year he is teaching Regular and Honors Biology. He is also the Sophomore Girls' Basketball coach, Freshmen Class Council Advisor, and Prairie Steward of our own Sportsman Park Prairie. Mr. D has worked with the STEP program, an intern program for NCHS and other students, at Packer Engineering, done research at UIC in their biomedical engineering department and taught at College of DuPage.

Michael Forde - Click here to email him.
Mr. Forde graduated from Miami-Dade College in Miami, Florida in the winter of 2012 with a bachelor degree in secondary education and a concentration of chemistry. 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 Chemistry. 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 recently 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 teaches biology at NCHS. 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 also involved with Naperville Operation Snowball. 

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 Masters of Arts in Teaching in Instructional Strategies from Rockford College. Mrs. Hastings has been teaching at NCHS since 2005. This year she is teaching Honors Biology.
 
Megan Hopkins - Click here to email her.
Ms. Hopkins (Arlo-Schilling First Teacher of the Year 2008-09) graduated from Illinois State University with a BS in Earth and Space Science Education in 2007.  She received  a Masters in Science in Science Education in 2011 from Montana State University.  Ms. Hopkins is teaching Physical Geology, Weather and Environment and Chemistry. She also is a co-sponsor of Environmental Club. 

Kathy Hurd - Click here to email her
Dr. Hurd is a graduate of University of Illinois in Urbana with a BS in Psychology. She received her Doctorate in Optometry from the University of Missouri and has an Associate degree from College of DuPage in Computer Programming.  She received her education certificate from North Central College. Dr. Hurd  has been at NCHS since 2004. She taught at the University of Missouri, College of DuPage, and Downers North High School before coming to Central. This coming year she is teaching AP Biology and Regular Biology.

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, Weather and Environment 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 Principles of Biology and Chemistry, Weather and Environment, Geology, and Astronomy. She graduated from Cornell College with a B.A. in Geology, 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 spent a few years home bound tutoring for the district while she raised her two kids. She has a girl who is at Kennedy and a boy at Ranch View. She also has two dogs and love to read.
 
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 Regular and Honors Biology


Hans Muehsler - Click here to email him or to link to his Canvas website.
Mr. Muehsler has 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 also holds second masters degree in Educational Research and Assessment with an emphasis in Advanced Quantitative Methods, also from Northern Illinois University. His present research interests are in psychometrics, academic integrity and the detection of cheating, and the causes of some students' high levels of success. Mr. Muehsler has been at NCHS since 2003. Mr. Muehsler teaches AP Physics 1 and AP Physics C. He is also an LINK faculty sponsor and coaches the Scholastic Bowl team.
 
Jennifer Norgaard - Click here to email her.
Mrs. Norgaard is currently on maternity leave celebrating the birth of her second child. She 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. .

Dan Olandese - Click here to email him or to link to his Canvas website
Mr. Olandese is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher with an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and two Master Degrees in Education. Mr. Olandese has been teaching at NCHS since 2008 and has taught a variety of science classes during his tenure. In addition to teaching Mr. Olandese is one of the National Honor Society Sponsors and the Assistant Director of Summer School at the secondary level.

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
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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 is a graduate of Saint Xavier University with a BS in Biology. This is his fifth year teaching and first year teaching at Naperville Central. Mr. Schultz teaches Honors Biology and Biology. He is also an assistant coach for Girls Volleyball.  
 
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 sponsors Science Olympiad here at Central.

Steve Wiesbrook - Click here to email him.
Mr. Wiesbrook has been teaching at Naperville Central since 1985. He holds an MS in Chemistry from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and a BA from North Central College, where he majored in Chemistry and in Mathematics. He currently teaches Honors Chemistry and AP Chemistry. He is also the Head Boys Track & Field coach at NCHS.
Science Dept. Photo
 
Back row (l to r): Sarah Poletto, Sara Hahn,  Sean Rauen, Mike Jarvis,  Nick DiGiovanni & Hans Muehsler  

3rd row (l to r) Amy Hastings, Chelsea Gibson (student teacher),  Crystal Griffith, Matt Gresk, Dan Brown, Jan Watson, Steve Wiesbrook & Dan Olandese.   

2nd row (l to r) Jennifer Norgaard, Katherine Seguino, Linda Bennett, Kathy Hurd, Jackie Barker, Paige Lundquist, Christine Brown,, Becky Swiontek, &  Michelle Fuentes

Front row (l to r) Tom Sanoshy, Lindsey Stevenson, Flint Collier, Jeromy Bentley, Jaci Gentile &  Megan Hopkins,  

Scroll down or click on the name  to learn more about each teacher or to contact them. 
 

Science Department

 
Katherine Seguino
Instructional Coordinator
630-420-6417
 
Sherry Brockway
Administrative Assistant
630-420-6417
 
Emily Smetana
Lab Coordinator
630-961-5071
 
Ms. Seguino is a graduate of Benedictine College in Physics and Mathematics with an MA in Educational Leadership form University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana.  Ms. Seguino has been part of the NCHS staff since 2006.  She is native of Naperville and attended Beebe, Jefferson and (sorry) NNHS. Her grandparents owned farm on Olsen Road. Ms. Seguino is also a participant of Quarknet which is a high-energy physics consortium for students, teachers, and scientists at FermiLab. Mrs. Seguino also sponsors GEMS (Girl Engineers, Mathematicians and Scientists). 
 
 
Lab Coordinator: Emily Smetana - Click here to email her.

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