About the course: Technology of Biology is a one-year course taught in accordance with the Common Core State Standards, fulfilling the life science requirement for graduation from the Vista Union School District, as well as one of the two years of lab science required for university admissions, also known as a University of California A-G approved course. Technology of Biology offers an introduction to the tools and skills necessary to be successful in any laboratory science career. This course is taught by doing hands-on labs and activities. Emphasis is placed on laboratory work using scientific methodology (detailed observation, accurate data collection and recording, experimental design, data interpretation and analysis). In addition, lectures, demonstrations, reading packets, technology and visual aids will be used to support students’ understanding of the role of biotechnology in studying biology. Students will develop investigational, analytical and critical thinking skills through independent research and discussions. State-of-the-art equipment will be used to teach real world laboratory techniques and skills. The fundamental skills learned in this class can be applied to post-secondary education and the workplace. About me: I love New York! I was born there, but I've been living here, in paradise, for over 30 years. I have a daughter who is a freshman in high school this year, and I can't wait to hear the stories she comes home with about high school! I like to run, swim, bike, go to the beach, and pretty much anything active and outdoors. I also like to read, take photos, I've been teaching for 7 years and have been at Rancho Buena Vista since January 2015. Since I teach biology, a large majority of my students are freshmen, so I teach a lot of methods to be successful in high school, in addition to biology concepts. Our 9th grade students need a lot of help adjusting to the demands of high school, so I have created a course plan that slowly increases in demand throughout the school year. After the first semester, my expectations increase as well as writing and grading demands. I am available for extra help and support during lunch and I encourage students and parents to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (760)727-7284 ext.72121.