Science Spotlight

Science

Meet the Faculty

Department Head: Tracy Strange

My name is Tracy Strange. I received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the College of Charleston in 1989 and a Master of Arts in Science Education from the University of South Carolina in 1992. After moving to Georgia in 1992 I taught at Sprayberry High School for 4 years. Realizing that the REAL Black and Gold is in The Flat I came to Sequoyah in 1996. I was named Department Chair in 2002. I enjoy teaching Honors and on-level Human Anatomy and Physiology. Contact me at tracy.strange@cherokee.k12.ga.us

Courses Offered


Accolades

Sequoyah students consistently score above the national average on the Science portion of the ACT.

Brian Carnes is the county 2016-17 teacher of the year.

AP Biology, AP Chemistry and AP Environmental Science test scores are consistently at or above the national average.

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My name is Zachary Blanchard and I am teaching physical science and physics. I hold a MS and BS from the University of Georgia. This is my first year teaching at SHS. I am a SHS graduate of 2001. Before teaching I worked in the animal research and cattle industry. Contact me at zachary.blanchard@cherokee.k12.ga.us

Brian Carnes

My name is Brian Carnes and I teach Honors and Advanced Placement Chemistry at Sequoyah. I hold a B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Georgia, an M. S. in Quality Systems Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University, and Educator certification from the University of Georgia. I have taught at Sequoyah since 2004. I worked for fifteen years in the poultry and food industry before making a career change to become a teacher. Throughout my career, I have taught Special Education, Biology, Physical Science, and Chemistry. I am proud of the chemistry program and world-class teaching laboratory that we have been able to build here at Sequoyah. I am a native of Cherokee County. My wife Pam and I have two daughters, Sarah and Rebekah. I look forward to working with your student. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at brian.carnes@cherokee.k12.ga.us

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My name is DeAnda Cavallaro and I have been teaching for two decades years. I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry and a Masters in Secondary Science Education. I am Board Field Science certified, which qualifies me to teach all science subjects. I have earned both gifted certification and AP certification via the College Board for both AP Physics I & II. I am excited about my recent College Board & ETS (Educational Testing Services) acceptance as an AP Physics Exam Reader. I have attended and continue to attend multiple workshops & seminars focusing on implementing Inquiry- Based lessons/laboratory activities. Additionally, I am a Teach21 teacher & MIE {Microsoft Innovative Educator} certified. I have taught extensively in Learning Focused schools & a Leonard Bernstein school, which implements Artful Learning. I also assist with Science Olympiad and am co-sponsor of the World Club. Contact me at deanda.cavallaro@cherokee.k12.ga.us

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My name is Melissa Hamilton, and I teach Chemistry and Physical Science at Sequoyah.  I hold a bachelor’s degree in Broad Fields Science with secondary certification from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA.  Before coming to Sequoyah, I taught high school Chemistry, Biology, and Physical Science in Tennessee.  My favorite part of teaching is the opportunity to build relationships with students and see them accomplish more than they thought possible.  I love seeing students get inspired to love science through hands-on and active learning.  I live in Canton with my husband and two (soon to be three) children.  We love Cherokee County and we love the school system here.  I am thankful to be part of the awesome faculty at Sequoyah! Contact me at melissa.hamilton@cherokee.k12.ga.us

Rosemary Kamau

My name is Rosemary Kamau. I teach Biology and Zoology at Sequoyah High School. I currently hold an MAT in Biology from Kennesaw State University and a BS in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from Georgia State University. This is my second year teaching at SHS. I love science and enjoy helping students discover and pursue their love for science. In Biology, I incorporate hands-on activities and labs to facilitate student curiosity and understanding of life science. In Zoology, my students explore the animal kingdom during lecture, labs, dissections, and research. Every semester they design their own animal behavior lab, conduct the experiment, and present their data and conclusion in our end of the year Animals Behavior Symposium. I am married and my husband, Paul, and our two sons, Noah and Jude live in Kennesaw. You can contact me at rosemary.kamau@cherokee.k12.ga.us.

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My name is Holly Khorramzadeh and I am teaching biology and environmental science at Sequoyah High School. I have a BS in biology with secondary certification from the University of North Georgia. I had an interest in science for as long as I can remember due to having grown up in a household full of professionals in the education and/or science field in Suwanee, Georgia. I have recently moved to the Canton and Woodstock area. I believe science is a field of curiosity and amazement. I am very excited to pass on my excitement of science to my students this school year. You can contact me at holly.khorramzadeh@cherokee.k12.ga.us

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My name is Janet Lynch and I am teaching Physical Science and Earth Systems at Sequoyah High School. I currently hold a MED in Science and Social Studies from Brenau University and a BA in Education from Fairmont State University. This is my 15th year teaching and my 5th year at SHS. I grew up in West Virginia, but I now live in Holly Springs. I have three boys ages 22, 20, and 10. You can contact me at janet.lynch@cherokee.k12.ga.us

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My name is Dawn McAllister and this year I am teaching Environmental Science. I graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, I minored in French. Later I completed my teaching certification ,in Biology and Chemistry, at Ball State University. My Georgia certification is Broad Field science. I also hold Gifted and ESOL endorsements. This is my 26th year teaching and my 6th year at Sequoyah. My husband is also a teacher to elementary gifted students. Our daughter graduated last year from Georgia Tech with a degree in Civil Engineering and now lives in Maryland working for a construction company. Contact me at dawn.mcallister@cherokee.k12.ga.us

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My name is Ada Moulder and I teach Biology and Environmental Science at Sequoyah High School. I currently hold a M.A.T. Degree in science education from Columbus State University and a B.S. in Biology from Reinhardt University. This is my 6th year teaching at Sequoyah. Prior to Sequoyah, I taught at a private school in Gwinnett Co. for three years. I have always had a love for science and I enjoy getting to share my passion each and every day with my students. I grew up in the Hickory Flat area and actually attended Sequoyah as a high school student as well. I absolutely love getting to teach in a place that I truly can call home. My husband Chris and I have a two-year-old son named Maddox. You can contact me at ada.moulder@cherokee.k12.ga.us

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My name is Michelle Nixon and I am teaching biology and environmental science this year. I have a B.S. in biology from Georgia Tech and a Master’s in secondary science education from KSU. I am also a Sequoyah High School graduate and am raising my young family right here in Hickory Flat. I am passionate about teaching science and inspiring students through innovative and hands-on learning activities. Contact me at michelle.nixon@cherokee.k12.ga.us

Yolanda Payton

My name is Yolanda Payton and I teach Physical Science and Chemistry at Sequoyah High school. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Textile Engineering from Southern Polytechnic State University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching Chemistry from Kennesaw State University. I worked in engineering for a few years (specifically quality assurance and Lean Six Sigma) before transitioning into teaching. I am currently in my 2nd year of teaching. My goal is to teach students not only that science is applicable across many areas of their lives, but to also prepare them and teach them to be productive and responsible young adults. I can be reached at Yolanda.Payton@cherokee.k12.ga.us

Wendy Roberts

My name is Wendy Roberts, and I teach Honors Biology and AP Environmental Science at Sequoyah. I received both my Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology (1993) and my Master’s degree in Science Education (1996) from Armstrong State University. I also received a Ph.D. in Science Education from Georgia State University in 2004. I have been teaching at Sequoyah since 1999. I consider myself a perpetual student and continue to participate in workshops, classes, and trips that allow me the opportunity to do field research. Participating in informal learning opportunities allows me to provide deeper learning connections for students not only by experiencing field research firsthand but also by being able to interject personal anecdotes regarding the topic that we are discussing. I enjoy hiking and fishing as well as visiting our National Parks and Georgia State Parks. Contact me at wendy.roberts@cherokee.k12.ga.us

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I am Sherry Turner, and after 17 years of teaching in Henry County, Georgia, I have moved to the Canton area and joined the amazing faculty at Sequoyah High School.  I currently teach Biology and Physical Science at Sequoyah and look forward to building a Forensic Science course at this school.  I hold a doctorate degree in Education from Walden University, and have taught Biology, AP Biology, Physical Science, Forensic Science, and Earth Systems throughout my career. I frequently participate in professional workshops, classes, and trips that provide the opportunity to make deeper connections for my students.  I am looking forward to working with the students at Sequoyah. Contact me at sherry.turner@cherokee.k12.ga.us